Ottawa Parliament Jigsaw Puzzle

Brand: Toy Galaxy

Title: Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Pieces: 500

Size: 10.75" x 17"

Review

Overall Experience:  Good

Cut Quality:    Good

Board Quality: medium

Shape Cut: Ribbon/grid

Image Quality: Great

Hardest Area: Blue sky

Puzzle Dust? no

Finish Quality: Smooth

Box Quality: Medium-low

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: no-box sealed

Was this purchased new? yes

Price: $2.00

Recommend Level: medium-low

Time: 15 hours not including frame time

Assembly

I did my usual sorting routine.

  1. Sorting to locate all  the outside border pieces, while....
  2. Placing the pieces into the 'general-color' piles. 
  3. Then I carried on with a second round of sorting (similar colors sorted by shades/patterns) while placing the pieces flat out on the poster boards. 

I assembled from the bottom up, leaving the blue sky for last which was extremely tricky.

Framing

After completing the entire image I used my 'No Glue' method which is simply putting wide clear packing tape on the back of the puzzle, place it on top of precut same-size foam board, then sealing it with heat shrink-wrap clear plastic. 

I then purchased poster board hangers and a package of corner frame clips as shown below. Using the heat-gun we carefully warmed the cut-to-size poster hangers with the heat gun. This gave the poster-hangers some flexibility to slide over the 4 edges of the puzzle/foam board. 

Shown here in the following images, you can see how the sides are cut short enough so they do not overlap but just meet to the top and the bottom. 

Once all 4 sides are in place, we took the Super Glue and secured the 4 corner Frames  into position as shown below.

Comments

It is rare to see images like the Ottawa Parliament buildings in a jigsaw puzzle. I was lucky to locate this one so I assembled and framed it. The drawback for this type of frame is the image loses the thickness of the frame all the way around - in this case I am all ok with that.

In this case where the quality was lower and the pieces were of medium quality - it was the image that was the attraction because of the connection to me living in Canada. However, I do give this brand a lower recommendation. 

The above jigsaw puzzle(s) have been added to my Puzzle Hobby Tracker 

I am in the process of recording all my past jigsaw puzzles that I still have for my walls and all my current puzzles.

Then I have the TO DO list that I am adding from my collection. 



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