Personalised Photo Jigsaw Puzzles
We love Jigsaw Puzzles so offering personalised photo jigsaw puzzles seemed like a good idea! It doesn’t matter if you are new to jigsaw puzzles or if you are a seasoned puzzler we have a photo jigsaw size for everyone.
We can create your personalised jigsaw puzzle using photos from your professional photo shoot with us or using one of your own photos. The photographs that we create are very high resolution so they can be used for any size of jigsaw. If you are not sure about the quality of your own photo files, we can check your image for you and then advise on a suitable jigsaw size for your photo.
We offer two sizes of custom photo jigsaw puzzles: a 300-piece photo jigsaw supplied flat (assembled) with a small, folding cardboard storage box, or a smaller, 120-piece jigsaw that is supplied in its own smart tin with the photo on the lid.
Jigsaw puzzles have been around for over 250 years. John Spilsbury, a British cartographer and engraver, is credited with creating and then commercialising jigsaw puzzles around 1766. Spilsbury served as an apprentice to King George III’s Royal Geographer, and his early jigsaws, known as dissections, were produced by mounting maps on sheets of hardwood. The hardwood sheets were cut along the map boundary lines, creating puzzles that were used to teach children geography.
The first commercial jigsaw puzzles were also created by painting or mounting a picture onto a flat piece of wood, and then hand cutting the wooden picture into small pieces. It was some time before manufacturers began to use cardboard rather than wood as the base of the puzzle pieces. Most modern jigsaw puzzles are made out of cardboard as the puzzle pieces are easier to produce than the original wooden models.
Laser cutters are available but most jigsaws are currently produced using a machine press. The photograph, or any flat piece of artwork, is first glued onto a cardboard sheet. When the glue has dried, the cardboard sheet is fed into a press and the press forces a set of hardened steel blades of the desired jigsaw pattern through the cardboard until it is fully cut. The procedure is similar to making shaped biscuits with a cookie or pastry cutter but the forces required are much greater. Machine presses for cardboard jigsaw puzzles can typically generate 100 – 700 tons of force to push the blades of the puzzle die through the board.
People love the challenge of putting together personalised jigsaw puzzles and more than 250 years after the inception of the jigsaw, producing jigsaw puzzles is still a thriving industry.
A personalised photo jigsaw puzzle makes a completely unique and special gift, why not give one a try? If we have created portrait or wedding images for you, any of those images can be used or you can supply your own photo (just email it to us when ordering or bring your print to the studio) and we will produce your jigsaw puzzle for you.