I found the Fire puzzle was the most challenging out of the four in this Series of Element, Air, Water, Earth and Fire. Those fire ladders were dang tricky!
Brand: Cobble Hill Puzzle Company
Title: Elements - Fire puzzle
Created by: Shelley Davies
Pieces: 1000 pieces
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Good
Board Quality: firm
Shape Cut: random
Image Quality: great
Hardest Area: No particular area
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth matte
Box Quality: Great
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Picked for review
Recommend Level: highly
Time: 18.5 hours
Not much sense in doing a sorting except to get the edge pieces out and similar colors together. I did lay all the pieces out onto two foam boards which confirms I have all the edge pieces. That said, I cannot locate the images of my pieces that are laid out onto foam boards nor my border photo. Not that I want to complain about technology but my iPhone has been giving me grief this week - no camera, no phone ringing when calls come in and my Happy Color App will not open. Sounds like it's time for a hard restart and update....sigh.....
So 'the plan of attack' for these 4 Element puzzles will be the big letters first then look for the largest sections of colors/patterns/objects. Then just continuously pick away at items by placing them into their 'estimated' areas, one by one which eventually match up.
As you can see in the image below there are a lot of sporadic unfilled areas due to the extreme amount of details and items. We often refer to these images as busy but this one was more challenging than the Water and Air puzzle I have completed. I actually started this one first and wrestled with it alot. I thought maybe doing the Water puzzle could be easier so I left this Fire puzzle for the time being and ended up doing the Water and Air puzzles. The Water seemed a tad easier but then the Air was easier than the Water.....so then I went back to the Fire puzzle and completed it. It's been a while since it's taken me this long to assemble a 1000 piece puzzle...easily 18 hours on it and normally 10-12-14 hours is my usual time on a 1000 piece.
However, after doing the Water and Air and coming back to the Fire I was practically an expert or at least got the hang of it and patiently worked my way through the rest of it.
The following 4 images shares closeup of some of the details and the 5th image shows the size of the small images in comparison to the big letters.
I chose the Elements Series of 4 puzzles titled Water, Air, Fire and Earth as part of my selection of annual reviews for Cobble Hill Puzzle Company. The Element Series is created by Shelley Davies. They are a new Series for 2019 and you can check the following link to locate the Preferred Retailers and the Online Stores for purchasing. CLICK HERE
I will be submitting all 4 completed puzzles to the 2019 World Puzzle Days which Cobble Hills Puzzle Company is one of the Sponsors as well. Thanks to Cobble Hills I have now completed 3 out of 4.