JaCaRou Puzzles maintained a very high quality even for these mini puzzles. I was nervous to think this one might give me trouble but I was really impressed with how quickly the pieces fell into place. I really like the colours chosen for this image.
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Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Awesome
Board Quality: Thick/solid
Shape Cut: Ribbon/grid
Image Quality: Superb
Hardest Area: The yellow flowers
Puzzle Dust? none
Finish Quality: Smooth
Box Quality: Good plastic container
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: n/a
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Sent for review
Recommend Level: High
Time: Approx. 45 minutes
I did not do my usual sorting routine in this case as you can see all 150 pieces fit nicely on my little workplace board. I did sort the edges from the others though.
You can see at the bottom in the image to the right I have added a 'standard' puzzle piece so you can compare the size of the pieces on these mini puzzles.
The workspace I used was a piece of foam board cut to 17" x 20" and I used 2-sided foam insulation as a border...certainly would not want to loose any of these tiny pieces. I contemplated using tweezers but thought I would attempt the assembly without that tool for starters. Turns out I did not need them at all.
I gently pulled the label-image off the tube so I could see the puzzle image better. I would suggest the image could be put into the inside of the Puzzle Tube so it could easily be pulled out and used for reference.
I saved the tape from the label and replaced the image/paper back onto the tube once I finished the puzzle. I know I am going to keep this puzzle so I am ok if the label is not 100% perfect back on the tube.
Doing the border would be the first test to see how well this mini puzzle would be.
I must admit, the cut sure is crisp and accurate. That meant that the deepness of the pieces fit really well into each other. The feel for putting the pieces into place was very much like putting a wood puzzle together. The piece fall into place from above rather than slide into from the sides.
So I put the greys, reds and flowers into place first then the rest easily found their way into position for the border.
Then I continued the grey area pieces, the solid red area pieces, the whitish area pieces and the multi-green areas. The Rooster was next and finally the different sunflowers. It sure went together surprisingly well!!!! Much easier than I anticipated.
The following are some of the close up images displaying the quality cut of the pieces, the creative artistry and the style of the ribbon/grid type cut. Also you can see the total 4" x 6" size of the puzzle and puzzle tube by using a basic pen.
JaCaRou Puzzles maintained a very high quality even for these mini puzzles. I was nervous to think this one might give me trouble but I was really impressed with how quickly the pieces fell into place. I did this puzzle rather quickly, in about 45 minutes total and I really did enjoy it as a little quick fix. This would be a perfect travel puzzle, especially in a hotel where little space is usually the case.
Then the bonus that comes with these little mini jigsaw puzzles is the postcard on the back of the puzzle sent personally from the Artist Anie Maltais of JaCaRou Jigsaw Puzzles with her thank you message - extremely nice personal touch there :)
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About: JaCaRou Jigsaw Puzzles
Celebrating Quebec Artistry in the World of Jigsaw Puzzles
Introduction: The world of jigsaw puzzles is not only a source of entertainment but also a canvas for artistic expression. Among the notable players in the industry, JaCaRou stands out as a Canadian jigsaw puzzle company that embraces the talent and creativity of Quebec artists. Founded by Anie Maltais, JaCaRou has gained recognition for its exquisite puzzles featuring artwork exclusively sourced from Quebec artists.
The Origins of JaCaRou: JaCaRou was founded by Anie Maltais, a Quebec artist herself. Anie's passion for art and puzzles led her to establish the company with the vision of showcasing the unique talents of Quebec artists through jigsaw puzzles. Anie's deep-rooted love for her province's artistic community inspired her to create a platform that would elevate and celebrate the work of Quebec artists on a global scale.
JaCaRou's dedication to promoting Quebec artistry did a TV show that is the Quebec version of Shark Tank, "Dans L'oeil Du Dragon (In the Dragon's Eye). It's in French, and it's only in Quebec. JaCaRou successfully secured funding from the show.
Celebrating Quebec Artists: What sets JaCaRou apart is its unwavering commitment to sourcing artwork exclusively from Quebec artists. Each puzzle released by JaCaRou features original artwork created by talented artists from the province. By doing so, JaCaRou not only supports local artists but also amplifies the rich cultural heritage and artistic diversity of Quebec.
Anie Maltais, the founder and owner of JaCaRou, is herself a celebrated Quebec artist. Her passion for artistry, combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, drives the company's mission to provide a platform for Quebec artists to showcase their work and gain recognition beyond provincial borders.
Exquisite Puzzle Designs: JaCaRou's puzzles are known for their captivating and intricate designs. The puzzles feature a wide range of themes, including nature, landscapes, animals, and fantasy. Each piece is carefully crafted to ensure a satisfying puzzling experience, with attention to detail and high-quality materials. JaCaRou's puzzles challenge enthusiasts of all skill levels, offering a gratifying journey of exploration and discovery.
Embracing the Quebec Art Scene: JaCaRou's dedication to promoting Quebec artists extends beyond the puzzles themselves. The company actively engages with the local art community, participating in art exhibitions, festivals, and other cultural events. By collaborating with Quebec artists and showcasing their work, JaCaRou strengthens the connection between art and the puzzle community, creating a space for appreciation, dialogue, and collaboration.
Growing Recognition and International Reach: JaCaRou's commitment to excellence and the promotion of Quebec artistry has garnered recognition both locally and internationally. Puzzle enthusiasts worldwide have come to appreciate the beauty and quality of JaCaRou's puzzles. The company's success has allowed them to expand their distribution network, making their puzzles accessible to a global audience and bringing the talent of Quebec artists to puzzle enthusiasts worldwide.
Conclusion: JaCaRou's journey in the world of jigsaw puzzles is a testament to their dedication to promoting the arts. As JaCaRou continues to grow, their passion for art, their commitment to Quebec artists, and their dedication to providing exceptional puzzles will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on puzzle enthusiasts around the world.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)