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A Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear

January 30th, 2012

Last fall, a customer asked me to make a puzzle from a tiny jpeg. I asked if she might have a better picture, but no luck. Moreover, the puzzle was to be for a friend who “had everything,” a dilemma that has happened to many of us in the past.

I spoke to a colleague who suggested using photo-editing software that works within Photoshop to make a copy of a photographic file to look like it had been painted in the style of a particular artist. We picked Vincent van Gogh. This produced the much larger picture shown below, very impressionistic, and almost unrecognizable from the original. The result was my best puzzle of last Christmas season.

This can happen to anyone who takes a picture with their mobile phone or even with a handheld camera on a low setting. And sometimes there is no other option but that small photo. If you want to create a puzzle with a low resolution photo, don’t give up. Send it along and we can work together to make a spectacular puzzle.

Jim

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Custom Jigsaw Puzzle Makes For a Special Wedding Day

October 20th, 2011

 

I recently received this letter from a bride for whom I made a custom puzzle. She agreed to have me publish her story.

Enjoy, Jim

 

“When I was planning for my wedding, one of my ushers Tim contacted me and told me that he wanted to get us something special for our wedding–not just something from our registry but something meaningful to us.  He suggested a wooden puzzle since he knows that I love puzzles.  A customized wooden puzzle had the advantage of being durable and being designed to reflect us. I, of course, loved the idea; and Tim suggest we try to incorporate the puzzle into the wedding.

Picking the image for the puzzle was easy.  We had had designed for us a wedding logo.  The logo was our names (Jerry & Christina) stylized in a way that they could be read upside down or right side up.  We felt that using the wedding logo rather than a photograph would commemorate the day appropriately and fit the theme of a puzzle.

After much consultation, we decided that the best way to incorporate the puzzle into the wedding was to have our guests help complete the puzzle during the reception.  Due to the number of guests and the fact that many of the guests don’t speak English, rather than having each guest put in a piece, we had a representative from each banquet table put in a piece after
we toasted with the guests at that table.

In order for the representative from each table to put in the puzzle piece easily (we realized that not everybody is into puzzles as I am), the puzzle was designed with a number of special pieces that would be relatively obvious to place.  We used our names and our wedding date and a number of objects (such as a guitar, a tiger, a cross, etc.) that were special to us.

During the reception, the partially finished puzzle was on the table as Tim supervised guests inserted pieces.  Because the wooden puzzle was quite sturdy we were able to place the puzzle on an easel after all the guests finished.   At the end of the reception after we had said our thank yous, Jerry and I placed the last piece, a heart, into the puzzle together.   It was a wonderful way to end the evening with meaning.”

Christina Chan-Park

PS.  Since the puzzle commemorated the wedding with one of my favorite hobbies, we ended up commemorating the wedding with
one of Jerry’s favorite hobbies too–comic books!

 

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A new twist for a wedding jigsaw puzzle

January 27th, 2010

A client wanted a large puzzle with not too many pieces for his wedding. He gave each guest a piece. They had to be large enough so that each guest could write a comment on “his piece”. I made a 24 x 30 puzzle with 154 pieces on it from a very good picture. The puzzle with comments is now hanging on a wall in a permanent frame.

What a beautiful place!

I designed the pieces on the sides and across the top bigger so the comments would not clash with the couple. Usually I do not like to put puzzles together only once. Of course this is an exception.

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Fred and Ginger updated

December 1st, 2009

This wedding picture reminded me of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers a few generations later. It was a pleasure to make a puzzle from such a fun picture. I was asked to include the names of the bride, groom and their parents. Drop-out lettering would have detracted too much from the picture so Bob was one piece, Anne, Nate, Lisa and Jean were two pieces and Walter was three. Were I to do it again, I would pick either a more bold font or larger lettering.F_Blog

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