The Sugar Skull Cookies puzzle is one of four that I have assembled by Cobble Hill Puzzle Company. The are very colourful and extremely creative. They all look so tasty too. I could only dream of being capable of doing artwork like this. They are super fun puzzle images.
Brand: Cobble Hill Puzzle Company
Title: Sugar Skull Cookies Puzzle
By: Jody Bacon Coastal Cookie Shoppe
Size: 26.625" x 19.25"
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: A tad loose
Board Quality: Snappy-firm
Shape Cut: Random and various sizes
Image Quality: Superb
Hardest Area: The color combinations
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth matte
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Sent for review
Recommend Level: High
Time: 16 hours
I did my usual sorting routine.
The border was not to be completed at the beginning this time due to the puzzle shapes - it would get worked in during progress however it turned out to be one of the very last pieces to be assembled.
I just did not really know where to start with this one and eventually chose red and then the yellow striped reds. I also found myself building 'cookie-eyes' on the puzzle piece layout boards.
It was very tricky to match up the teeth and mouths. There were so many lines and squiggles, curls and flowers. The decor was so various. Often I would look for a coloured flower and could not locate it. Many of the cookies had various color combinations.
Looking at the work-in-progress images below you can see the fragments of the individual Sugar Skull Cookies puzzle forming into the jigsaw puzzle image.
The matte finish is always nice on these puzzles. As is the cut and quality of Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzles. When I first opened the box on this one, I noted the pieces to be slightly different than The Zodiac and Feelin' Smurfy.
These pieces seem to have a very sharp cut and firm board material...almost a snappy feel to them. Then when I started to assemble them, I noted the pieces to be a tad loose compared to the other 2 puzzles sent for review. Was the cut too precise and sharp maybe? I hope this is just a 'one-off' situation indeed.
Jody Bacon specializes in artistic custom cookies at the Coastal Cookie Shoppe in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Take a visit to their Facebook page (link above) and the Flickr link on their Facebook Page to enjoy a delightful surprise of her phenomenal talent with cookies - it's worth the 'treat' or 'eye-candy'.
In the end, as you can see in the close up photos, the pieces do fit perfectly smooth together which complement the extremely patient production of these Sugar Skull Cookies to form a terrific jigsaw puzzle for Halloween.
I highly recommend the Sugar Skull Cookies puzzle but be prepared to give it your full attention when assembling - besides, that's good therapy for you anyways!
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