How to Glue a Puzzle

Solving puzzles is a challenging game. Sometimes we spend hours solving a puzzle. In our lifetime, we solve so many puzzles. Some of them might be special for us and a difficult puzzle is like a masterpiece for us. You may want to preserve your puzzle to view later or show it to your friends.

Gluing is an excellent way to preserve your solved puzzle. Thus, your puzzle will last for a lifetime.  It is not so tough and does not take much time.  Here we will inform you about how to glue a puzzle. Go through the article to learn some easy and effective ways to glue a puzzle. You can also frame your art piece to prevent breakage.

How to glue a puzzle

Some adhesives may provide a cloudy finish or may not provide firm bonding. To get the best result you have to use a special glue for gluing your puzzle. Liquid glue is better to stick puzzles together because of its spreading quality. Liquid glue will be a cheaper option as well. You can get it your nearby craft shop. You will need a few more elements. These are –

  • Puzzle glue
  • Rolling pins
  • Ruler
  • Sponge or paintbrush or plastic spatula
  • Razor blade or a knife
  • Wax paper or parchment paper
  • A clear adhesive such as decoupage or shellac glue

How to glue the front of your puzzle

1. Take a piece of parchment paper and lay it on the floor or on a table. Use a rolling pin to get the flatest puzzle. Glue your puzzle in a clean area. Seeping of glue may happen while working and it may stick on to your surface. This parchment will keep your surface safe from sticking the glued puzzle on to the surface. 

2.  Use a thin, hard card to place your puzzle on the parchment paper. This card will help you to transfer the puzzle.

3. Apply glue in the middle point of the puzzle. Starting gluing in the center will ensure the glue will spread all over the puzzle.  Do not use much glue at a time. Keep adding if needed. Make sure that you cover all the puzzle pieces.

4.  Use a sponge or paintbrush to distribute the glue over your puzzle and spread it evenly from the center to the edge of your puzzle. You do not have to use a huge amount of glue first. A little amount of glue is enough to keep the puzzle pieces together.

5.  After spreading the glue, when you come to the corner of your puzzle sometimes you may see the extra glue there.  Remove the glue with your sponge, plastic spreader or paintbrush. With your plastic spatula or spreader, you can scoop the extra glue and then you may wipe it into a paper towel.

6. Wait until the glue is dry. How much time it will take,   depends on the type of your glue.  Some puzzle glues take a full night and some need several hours to dry. Check your label instructions to know how much time the glue will take to dry. 

7. After the glue has completely dried, separate the parchment paper or wax paper from your puzzle. You may use a spatula or a ruler to do this.

Tips:

1. Your parchment paper needs to be larger than your puzzle.

2. Wax paper is usable as an alternate to parchment paper. It will work the same as the parchment paper does. Do not use newspaper; it may mess up.

3.  The picture side of the puzzle should on top while you are placing your puzzle on the parchment paper.

4. If you start your work from center then this will help you use the least amount of glue.

5. There might be some air bubbles but do not worry about this. These bubbles will shrink when the glue dries.

 6. Do not use a paintbrush or sponge too much at a time. Otherwise, your puzzle may over saturate and this may peel off or swell.

7. Be careful about using glue. If you use too much glue, the puzzle pieces may dry and it can curl the pieces.

8. There is some puzzle glue in the market, which contains a plastic glue spreader with it. You can use it to spread the glue over your puzzle instead of a sponge or paintbrush. 

9.  If you are not satisfied with your sponge or paintbrush and your glue does not contain the plastic spreader then you may use a plastic spatula. This will provide you a quick result but removing dried glue from the spatula might be difficult.

10. Do not move your puzzle too fast because it may deform it.

Ways to apply glue to the back of the puzzle

Gluing the back will add more stability. Follow the instructions to the back of your puzzle.

1. Turn the puzzle out. After turning it, the opposite side of the puzzle means the cardboard side will be up. As you already used glue on the front of your puzzle it will be quite stable. Large puzzles may a bit unstable. Here you can use a piece of stiff card or cardboard beneath the puzzle to provide stability while turning it.

2. Start gluing from the center. Use a small amount of glue and spread it all over with a sponge or paintbrush.

3. After spreading the glue all over your puzzle, you will notice some extra glue will gather at the corner. Remove the excess glue with the sponge or paintbrush. 

4. Let the glue fully dry. When the glue dries completely your puzzle will create a firm bond. Now the glue reaches the stability that you do not need to worry about mounting or framing. However, mounting or framing will provide more stability.

Tips:

1. The glue can often get out through the gaps of the puzzle. If it happens, try to separate your puzzle from the parchment paper gently while turning it.

2. Use a spatula for stubborn glue. Use the spatula to separate the puzzle and glue.Use gentle pressure  

3. After turning the puzzle, reset the parchment under your puzzle. This will prevent your surface from touching the glue.

4. Do not use much glue at a time. A thin Coating of glue is enough for your puzzle to stick together.

What to do before a mounting puzzle

1. Hanging without mounting your puzzle will not be a great idea. The glue will collapse with time naturally.  The puzzle pieces may become loose and may be lost. To prevent this you need to frame or mount your puzzle before hanging it.

2. Be careful while moving your puzzle and move it with care. To transfer your puzzle from one place to another make a folder with cardboard. This will increase stability. You can get the cardboard at any picture frame shop.

3. If you do not want to fame your puzzle then use some cardboard for mounting. To make an effective mount use a plain larger piece of cardboard. Apply a little glue to the back of the puzzle. The puzzle has to set on the cardboard. Let the glue dry and cut the extra cardboard with a knife.

4. For framing, your mount has to be elaborated. Choose your frame first. Attach a thin and sturdy foam board to the back of your puzzle before you frame it. Foam board will be more flexible than other materials. Adding foam will make inserting the puzzle into the frame easy.

5. To ensure the perfect size of your foam board, take an accurate measurement. Place the puzzle on the foam board. Draw a light outline with a pencil. The size of the board has to be smaller than your puzzle because the board should not be seen from the back of your puzzle. Then cut the foam with a razor blade.

6. Apply a spray adhesive on the foam and place your puzzle on it. Do this in a well-ventilated area. Remember that the spray adhesive does not take much time to set as the liquid glue does. Then remove the rolling pins.

7.  You may need to adjust your puzzle size. If your frame is bigger than your puzzle, you have to adjust a backing board to fit the frame and set the puzzle  in the center. If your frame is smaller than your puzzle, you will have to cut your puzzle to adjust. You will need a sharp knife. Cut the puzzle with the knife. Slightly cut the top of the puzzle and repeat it until it fits in your frame.

8. After choosing a perfect frame, insert  the puzzle in your frame and seal the back. Then you can hang your puzzle and this will be safe.

Tips:

1. To make a folder tape your puzzle together.

2. Moving will be safe for your puzzle.

3. The glue of a bent puzzle may crack or it may responsible for twisting the puzzle. You can prevent this with a stiff backing.

4. There are several sizes of foam available for mounting.  You may get these in craft stores, picture framing stores or hobby stores.

5. If you are confused about the size of your foam, you may ask your shopkeeper. Their advice will be helpful. 

6. To get a fit frame you have to make it or you may take picture-framing shopkeeper’s help to presize the frame. The shopkeeper can cut a frame for you as you want.

7. Your frame may have tabs or catches at the back. You can use that to hold the puzzle in a place or you can keep the puzzle between the piece of cardboard and the glass of the frame.

8. If you do not want to spend much money on the frame, you can buy a suitable second-hand frame for your puzzle.

Conclusion

After completing all the steps your masterpiece is ready for hanging. After framing, you can hang it with a wire. In this article, we have tried to inform you about how to glue a puzzle. Follow the steps properly for a better result. Following the instructions as mentioned will help you to prevent your puzzle from being damaged. Here are some additional tips that will help you do the processing properly. Do everything gently as any tendency to work fast could ruin everything.

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