Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Firm
Shape Cut: Grid-like
Image Quality: Good -paint brush strokes
Hardest Area: The dark creek area
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth matte
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no, picked for review
Recommend Level: Puzzlers who like challenges
Time: 9 hours
I did not do my usual sorting routine as this is 500 pieces and there is not much for specific colours.
However, since there were minimal shapes to this puzzle, I decided that it could be helpful if I sorted according to the shapes of the pieces.
These puzzles come with a very nice quality poster as you can see in the image to the right and shown with the border image completed below.
When it came to the border this time, I lined up the pieces according to colours first. The border blends from whitish to light bluish to dark colours. Then I lined those colours into shapes of the pieces. That helped to build onto the other colours of the border. I was pleased with how much time it took and hoped the rest of the puzzle would assemble in the same way.
From there, I wrestled with the two horses. It was quite difficult to define the dark pieces on both the horses. And then you can see on the right side of the puzzle, there is the 'looming' large dark hole which is the water/snow creek blended with a LOT of dark pieces. That proved to be a test of patience and 'feel-fit' but I was too determined to quit now!
I usually start with the most prominent colours or large sections on an image so I thought the brown horse was my go-to section. Well I tried and only managed to get as much as is shown to the left image. I even wrestled with that much and decided to work on the whitish-beige-cream shades of the tree on the left corner and the bluish icicles on the upper right corner.
The following images show close ups of the style of the cut. It's been quite some time since I did a Cobble Hill 500 piece puzzle but the pieces were random cut - this style of cut is different from the others. The cut was not loose and fit quite nicely. I do like this cut as it was quite helpful in this case due to so few different colour ranges.
It should be noted that this Winters Beauty puzzle is going to be for those who enjoy challenges due to the paint brush strokes and colour blends. I would not recommend it for the 'beginner-novice' puzzlers as they would be discouraged by the slow progress. My average time for a 500 piece puzzle is between 4-5 hours tops and this one took 9 hours.
There is a non-glare matte finish is on the Cobble Hill puzzles. They feel so nice when my hands do the 'once-over' upon completion of the puzzles. Even though the cut is different, nothing else has changed in the quality.
I also really enjoyed assembling this most recent Home Sweet Home by Cobble Hill Puzzles.
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