Research has indeed shown that solving jigsaw puzzles is one of the best and cheapest ways to exercise your brain. It helps to improve your memory. It is also a good way to have fun with friends and family. Solving jigsaw puzzles has brought so many people together. It also creates a god thrill to complete a good jigsaw puzzle. Although it is fun, it is not that easy. To fix a good complex jigsaw puzzle with thousands of pieces can be confusing and times frustrating. Below are some of the tips to use to help you solve a large jigsaw puzzle:
1. Find a good Layout.
In order to get started, you need to be prepared. Preparations start by finding a flat surface that you will use to solve your puzzle. When finding the surface, consider the size of the puzzle and the use of the surface. The size of the puzzle is usually specified on the box. If you are using a table as your surface, make sure that the table will not be used until you finish your puzzle and that it can accommodate the whole puzzle. There are others who prefer to hang the puzzle on the wall or just use the floor as the surface.
2. Sort out the pieces.
Most jigsaw puzzles such as the Gibsons Jigsaws have many pieces ranging from a thousand. This can be very challenging to just start from anywhere. It will, therefore, be to your advantage to, first of all, sort them out. The sorting starts with ensuring that all the pieces have the picture side up. Divide them according to color or the size first with the picture on the box to guide you. You can even divide out the work if you are working as a group.
3. Start fixing the puzzle.
When starting the puzzle, it is advisable to start with the easy parts. This will save you a lot of frustrations and also acts as a guide. It will be easier to work from the known to the unknown. Start by laying out the edge pieces to give a clear layout of the puzzle. These are the pieces with two straight sides. Then connect them up with the other pieces with one straight side closely observing the picture. They will give you a sketch or a skeleton of the puzzle.
4. Take your time.
With jigsaw puzzles, you should never be in a hurry not unless you are in a competition. Jigsaw puzzles can be very frustrating. If you find you are getting angry and annoyed at the pieces, then you need to take a break from the puzzle. Cooling your mind off is actually a good way to ensure that it is fully functional. A break does not mean that you are unable but it is a good way to make good progress. Take some time to view the puzzle and gauge if you are still on track.
You should involve yourself more in different jigsaw puzzles to improve your skills. You can also dismantle the puzzle and start again, this time, timing yourself to test your photographic memory.