It is not the first time that we try to advise you on the exciting, as well as complex, task of completing a puzzle . Do you remember this post that we left a few months ago? Well, as we like to give you a hand in everything we can, today we present this top 10 tricks and tips to assemble your puzzles successfully . But as more ideas will arise and other friends will have their particular recommendations, we do not want this to become a closed list, but that you contribute your own experiences and knowledge below in the comments to increase the list and continue helping all the puzzlers of the world World!
Choose a puzzle that you really like
Something that inspires you, some beautiful place that you would love to travel to, a monument that you visited in the past and that brings you such good memories … Any motivational image that matches your tastes is a good choice to want to see it done and cheer you up in every step you take in its assembly. Surely you find a lot of puzzles that you want to build, you just have to choose yours!
Adapt to your level
If it is your first puzzle choose one with few pieces and increase the difficulty , as in any hobby or sport, you have to go slowly. Do not want to be the Rafa Nadal of the puzzles if in your life you have put together two pieces. Although do not make one too simple, because then it will not have any grace either. It is good that it is a challenge , and that you think about it, but that it does not frustrate you or fall short. All products indicate the recommended age, the number of pieces and the difficulty, so it will be easy for you to find the most suitable for your level.
Select well the place where you want to do it
That will be your particular puzzle corner , so you will have to be well organized and calm (chaos and disorder are great enemies of the puzzles, because they add an additional difficulty to finding the right pieces). Very important! Make sure that children and pets cannot easily access your work, as they could spoil it in a matter of seconds. And watch out for food and drinks that can spill, we don’t want a puzzle with “lamparones”.
Always have in front the image, photograph or reproduction of the complete puzzle : it will serve as a guide and you can look at each of the parts.
Sort the pieces by their shape / position
In some puzzles it is also possible to find pieces with very rare shapes and different from the rest. They are called zippers and are often used to join two different patterns. Therefore, if we identify these pieces they can also become another reference point. We already said in this other post with recommendations that it is good to also classify the pieces by colors and textures.
Using magnifying glasses to find those little nuances and details that make the difference between the pieces
Now we can use technology and use tools such as Photoshop to scan our image , section it into parts and increase each one of them all we need to access all those small points of graphic information that can be very useful. Of course, the image must have a good resolution so that we can “stretch” everything we need. Another option is to load the image of our puzzle on a tablet and go enlarging it as we please.
Look first for significant objects or elements
Also looking for references such as heaven and earth is something that is very useful.
If a piece does not fit, it does not fit , do not force.
A lot of patience , look for your moment of relaxation , spend a little time every day you can, perseverance and practice make us improve in this activity. And, above all, do not stress or get angry , if it is not your day, look for another moment without judging yourself, even the most pro puzzlers have bad times. Cheer up and don’t give up!
Get motivated , value every step you take in your challenge, think about how good you will feel when you see it finished and with these little hands! It can also be a motivation to do it with your partner , with a friend, or with your children … It will be your time to do a pleasant task together and create union, remember all the benefits of assembling a puzzle with yours .
And above all enjoy that moment , allow yourself the luxury of having fun , of laughing with mistakes and of getting excited with successes, remember that it is your hobby, and as we already told you in this post , having a hobby has a multitude of positive effects for physical and mental health.