St  Patricks  Puzzle

St Patricks puzzle self published
Title: Luck of the Irish
Size: 19

I have created the St Patricks puzzle with my own software program and then had it printed using an online puzzle printing company. You will see the four  little nomes in a colored image below and also in the little video below.

St Patricks puzzle self published

Title: Luck of the Irish

Size: 19" x 13.5"

Pieces: 500

St Patricks puzzle Review

Overall Experience:  Good

Cut Quality:    Great

Board Quality: Great

Shape Cut: Grid/ribbon 

Image Quality: Good

Hardest Area: Shoes and stumps

Puzzle Dust? minimal

Finish Quality: Smooth, shiney

Box Quality: Good and solid

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes

Was this purchased new? no

Price: Self published

Recommend Level: Good

Time: 5.5 hours

St Patricks puzzle 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. 

As you can see below there was black, white, yellow and lots of green shades. The letters were out sorted too.

I designed this St Patricks puzzle so I knew what the detailed letters are and the border shades, where the music notes and gold coins were going to be. So the border did go together very nicely. It does not come with a poster. The image below is my computer image which allows me to expand using the computer magnify tool to see the smallest and darkest areas easily. Not that I really need it in this case though.

Below is my work in progress. So sorry about the glare as the gloss is quite high on this printing brand. Now you can see all the text is completed as well as the 4 sets of eye/faces on the little nomes. The music notes and gold coins are done. The black crock pot was pretty easy too. However, the rest of the puzzle took as longer than this first half due to the dark shades of green and black. 

St Patricks puzzle Comments

So the St Patricks puzzle took me 5.5 hours which was not too bad for me. I usually rate about 100 pieces per hour on a good puzzle. This one was tricky with all the greens though. After I completed the puzzle, I complimented it with some good ole Irish decor I purchased at the Dollar store over 2 years ago and never had the opportunity to use it.

I attempted to create this same image last year and the puzzle company I used was extremely poor. This year I used the same company PuzzlesPrint as I have used them before. The service is quick and the packaging is good.

I was pleased with the way the image came out this time on a 500 piece but I would be not go bigger than that as I have been disappointed with my 2000 piece images - but that is my doing as I could not get the image to the correct size and it turned out blurry.

To the right is the 2 little nomes I used for the St Patricks puzzle.  I took a photo of them then simply photoshopped them into being green. Then I used the Mac Pages program to create my overall image by duplicating and reversing them to make it look like for of them. The rest of the image is clipart decor.