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Puzzles

Hobbyco is your one-stop shop for all things puzzles. 

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Where To Buy Jigsaw Puzzles

Hobbyco is your one-stop shop for all things puzzles. We stock all the top brands, including Ravensburger, BePuzzled, Puzzles Deluxe, and heaps more! With a range featuring over 400 puzzles, you’re sure to find something that matches your taste and needs. Whether you’re after a challenging 1000-piece puzzle or something easy going with 150 pieces, we have you covered. Give yourself a difficult task with this popular 736pc Ravensburger KRYPT Black Puzzle, which you’ll need all of your spatial awareness abilities to solve! We have 3D and 4D puzzles, puzzles featuring your favourite pop culture characters, classical artists, and iconic landscapes. 

Since 1935, Hobbyco has been in operation and provides free delivery on purchases over $125! Anything less, and we'll send anything across the country for a flat rate of $10. Additionally, you may take advantage of the convenience of instalment payments using Afterpay, Zip, Klarna, Latitude, or Laybuy. Shop now by perusing our selection!

How Are Jigsaw Puzzles Made

A puzzle takes around 2,000 hours to complete from start to finish. About a year is usually required to complete this procedure. The artwork must be printed and laminated before being cut into puzzle pieces and packaged.

Selecting the artwork and printing it in the appropriate format is the first step. Lithography is the most used method for printing puzzle art. A plate used in lithography has been carefully prepared to either absorb water or oil. The area of the plate that will not be printed is moistened with water, while the areas that will be printed are greased to draw oil-based ink to them. Only the grease-coated image of the picture clings to the plate when ink is added. The picture is transmitted when the plate comes into contact with the paper. In order to conserve paper and cut down on press time, many puzzle pictures can be created on the same lithography sheet. The litho sheets are bonded onto 0.087 in (0.22 cm) thick plywood after printing. Before sending them to the die-cut press, they are given several days to dry.

Today, puzzle parts are mass-produced using a technique called die cutting. The individual components are stamped out using a die-cutting press and a thin, flat metal ribbon. Rule-bending specialists bend razor-sharp steel rules into the shape of the puzzle parts using the artist's drawings of the incisions as a guide. Making a die might take 400 hours for a 500-piece puzzle with average complexity. For puzzles with the same size and shape, three or four of these dies may be produced. The metal rules are then hammered into a wooden die that is affixed. This metal ribbon has a wooden block fastened to one side. The cardboard backing surface is sliced into the required form when this block is placed firmly enough into the softer cardboard backing. The die is pressed down firmly when the laminated artwork is run through the die-cutting machine. When the die is removed, die-shaped incisions are left on the artwork and underlying cardboard.

The puzzle pieces are separated and dropped into their packaging, which is commonly a cardboard box, after the sheets exit the die press and are passed through a breaker. Today, an image of the finished puzzle serving as a guide is commonplace on the box. The mid-1930s saw the introduction of this feature by manufacturers. The final packaging, shrink wrapping, etc., for these boxes follows. They are then delivered to retail establishments.

What To Do With Jigsaw Puzzles When Finished

Once you've completed a jigsaw puzzle, it's time to decide what to do with it. If you're the type of person who likes to keep things tidy, you might want to disassemble the puzzle and put it back in the box. However, if you're the type of person who likes to hold onto memories, you might want to frame the puzzle or turn it into a piece of art.


If you do decide to disassemble your puzzle, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier. First, take a photo of the completed puzzle so that you'll always have a record of your accomplishment. Then, sorting the pieces by colour or shape can make it simpler to put them away. Finally, we recommend using a plastic bag or container to store the pieces, as this will prevent them from getting lost or damaged.

On the other hand, if you decide to keep your jigsaw puzzle intact, there are a few different options for doing so. You could frame the puzzle and hang it on your wall, or you could glue the pieces together and use it as a coffee table. Alternatively, if you have kids, they might enjoy playing with a completed puzzle, so you could consider creating a puzzle board. Whichever option you choose, your jigsaw puzzle will be a unique and memorable addition to your home.

How To Solve Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to pass the time and exercise your brain. But how do you solve them? Here are some tips:

  1. Start with the edge pieces. These pieces will form the perimeter of the puzzle, so it's helpful to get them in place first.
  2. Once you've assembled the edge, start working on the larger pieces. Look for pieces that have similar colours or patterns, as these will be easier to connect.
  3. As you complete the larger pieces, you'll start to see patterns emerging in the middle of the puzzle. Use these patterns to help you find the smaller pieces that fit into them.
  4. Be patient! Jigsaw puzzles can be challenging, but they're also supposed to be fun. If you get stuck, take a break and come back later with fresh eyes.

With these tips in mind, you're sure to master jigsaw puzzles in no time!

How To Display Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles are a lot of fun, but what do you do once you've finished one? Displaying your jigsaw puzzle is a great way to show off your handiwork and to keep your puzzle in good condition for years to come. Here are a few tips on how to display jigsaw puzzles:

  1. Choose the right frame. It's important to use a frame that won't warp or damage your puzzle. Wood or metal frames are a good option. You can find jigsaw puzzle frames online or at your local craft store.
  2. Attach your puzzle to the frame using puzzle glue or clear contact paper. This will help to keep your puzzle in place and prevent it from getting damaged.
  3. Hang your framed puzzle on the wall or display it on a table or shelf. If you're hanging your puzzle, make sure to use wall hooks that are designed for the weight of your frame.

By following these simple tips, you can proudly display your jigsaw puzzles for all to see!

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