white and black puzzle piece on brown wooden table

Some of us are sentimental about things we love, that’s why we keep them. However, keeping them doesn’t mean that they won’t decay in the long run. Learning how to preserve them should be practiced to keep their storage life long enough.

In this article, I will discuss with you the importance of gluing your work so that it will last longer.

Let’s begin!

How do you preserve a 1000 piece puzzle? 

A 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle took a long time, patience, and effort to complete. That’s why it’s best to display it somewhere in your home to commemorate your job well done.

The best way to display it is to hang it on the wall not only to make it visible for everyone to see but also it can be preserved.

Preservation of a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle can be done by using adhesives like glue to permanently stick each piece to one another. It will also serve as a protective layer that will slow down the aging process of the material used in making it.

Aside from it’s permanently secure with a protective layer, it can also add flexibility to your puzzle making it easy to carry anywhere in your house. It’s like you’re holding it in one whole piece like it used to.

What to put under a puzzle to glue it?

Now that you have an idea of how to preserve your puzzle, the next thing to do is add glue to it.

You can put thin cardboard under your puzzle before you glue it. This cardboard can give support to your puzzle so that it won’t break while you’re working on it. Also, it will easily help you flip it over when you work on the other side of it when you’re done.

Moreover, it can be your improvised working area as well. You won’t worry if some of the adhesives you’ll use will spill over because there’s cardboard to catch it. Also, if you’re going beyond your creativity, you can use it as your background frame to add more aesthetic effects to your work.

If you happen to finish your puzzle without anything under it, follow this “puzzle flip rescue steps”

  1. Get large paper or thin cardboard (it should be larger than your puzzle).
  2. Slowly and carefully lift a little bit the strongest part of your puzzle so you can put it under.
  3. Pull it all the way under the whole puzzle slowly so as not to break it.

How do you flip a puzzle without breaking it?

Once you’re done adding glue on top of your puzzle, let it dry completely before flipping it over.

You can flip your puzzle without breaking it by adding separate cardboard on top of your puzzle then flipping it over on that to turn it on its other side. Make sure that the cardboard you’ll be using is at least the same size or a little bit bigger on your puzzle so all pieces have support.

Since there are two pieces of cardboard, the one underneath and the one on top, it’ll be easy to flip without worry.

You might think that one side is already glued thus making this step unnecessary, right?

The thing is, even though it’s already glued, it is not that stable yet because the back portion is still loosely fit.

You can try it by flipping it alone without cardboard if you want to, just make sure to do this as carefully and as slowly as you can because it might break off any time.

Do you glue the front or back of a puzzle?

Applying glue on both sides of the puzzle is recommended to create enough stability and strength for each piece. This will not only give security of pieces’ adherence to each other but also a body on the whole piece itself.

As I have mentioned above, when only one part is glued, it doesn’t give 100% assurance that it won’t break because some parts at the back have spaces.

Also, when you glue both sides of your puzzles, the protective layer is spread evenly making it lasts longer than having it on one site alone.

How do you flip a puzzle to glue?

You can flip a puzzle to glue on just like how you flip it without breaking using thin cardboard on top of it. Just make sure that the glue on the top side is completely dry before putting cardboard on it so it won’t ruin your work.

Before you flip it over, check the whole puzzle surface first by running your hands on it. Make sure that it is completely flat so that there are no bumping pieces that can be seen.

Here are the steps on how you will put glue on your puzzle:

  1. Choose a glue that can work on 3 ways: as an adhesive, as a setter, and as a varnish. Also make sure that it will dry clear so as not to ruin the puzzle image when you add it on.
  2. Put glue on the image surface first by portion. This will help you spread the glue evenly without hurrying up that it will dry up. Once you’re done in one portion, you can just add glue again on the one until you’ve put glue all over.
  3. Use a flat glue spreader and not a brush. You can use a flat sponge brush to spread it evenly or just look for an old card or any available card-like material you have at home that you can use to spread it.
  4. Make sure to push back jigsaw puzzle pieces that are lifting up. This is to ensure that your whole image is flat and won’t have unnecessary bumpy areas when you display it.
  5. Let it dry completely before flipping over the other side. Patience is the key on this part. It will take hours or even a day or two when you dry it indoors. You can make it faster if you leave near your window with sunlight or dry it using a blow dryer (in cold setting please!).
  6. Repeat the gluing process you did on the image part. Don’t worry on the bumpy areas on the back, it doesn’t matter anyway because it won’t be the one to be displayed, right?
  7. Display it. At last, you can put it anywhere you wanted it to be!

I hope this helped you a lot! You can share your finished product in the comment section below. Thank you!

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