I have to admit, I never thought I would complete this Wildfire Jigsaw Puzzle. It is a tricky as it looks. I have enjoyed circular puzzles in the past however they had more colour and detail variety. You may like this Keeper of the Wolf by the same Artist Amazon link
This one has a lot of blended colours so there's a load of blurred pieces that don't make a lot of sense until they are sitting in position on the board. Very tricky!
Overall Experience: Good
Cut Quality: A tad loose
Board Quality: Medium thickness
Shape Cut: Random and various sizes
Image Quality: Good
Hardest Area: The blue/grey wolves
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth very shiny
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: $1.00 Thrift Store
Recommend Level: Medium
Time: 8.5 hours
The border was tricky since all the pieces are colored black and the fact that the pieces are cut loose made it tricky to determine if the pieces were in the correct place.
I did not sort this one in my usual routine since the basic colors were black, yellow/orange, white and shades. But I did lay the pieces out onto the foam puzzle boards.
The size of the Wildfire jigsaw puzzle is 19 inches in diameter which seems to barely fit on the 20 inch puzzle board.
I started with the native artifacts first, then worked my way up to the logs, then fire, then the snow covered trees. That left the wolves in the dark background. I paired up the eyes and then basically built the wolves by paint-brush strokes and puzzle piece shapes.
The extra shiny finish on this puzzle made such a glare that I had to move the puzzle workspace away from the overhead light. The brush strokes make the pieces somewhat unclear at times and the color blends in the snow-trees/wolves area somewhat testy. And yes, there is 1 damaged piece that appears to have been rescued from a 'furry' puzzle companion.
So the loose cut, the color blends and brush-strokes made for a challenging experience, however the completed image returned the reward of achievement.
The following images gives an excellent view of the pieces random cut shapes and fine details of the wolves. Can you spot the 7th wolf?
In this case it was the price of $1.00, the image and the 'round' shape that was the attraction for this Sunsout Wildfire jigsaw puzzle Thrift Store purchase. I am pleased all the pieces are available which is always like a little bonus.
I have also had the pleasure of assembling the Sunsout Shaped 1000 piece titled Wolf Song.
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About: The Joy of Assembling Round Jigsaw Puzzles
Tips and Tricks
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In round puzzles, the absence of corners eliminates the traditional corner-building strategy found in rectangular puzzles. Instead, you must rely on the interplay of shapes, colors, and patterns to find the correct placements. Round puzzle pieces also tend to have fewer orientation cues, requiring a more flexible and creative approach to assembling the image.
Conclusion: Assembling round jigsaw puzzles offers a unique and enjoyable puzzling experience. By sorting the pieces, focusing on patterns and colors, and working from the inside out, you can conquer the challenges that round puzzles present. Remember to use the puzzle image as a reference, rotate and experiment with the pieces, and approach the task with patience and persistence. The process of completing a round puzzle is a rewarding journey that showcases the beauty of circular images. So, grab your round puzzle, apply these tips and tricks, and immerse yourself in the joy of assembling this distinctive form of puzzling.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)