Glue and hang the puzzle - how it works!
- Methods for gluing puzzles
- I. Glueing with spray glue
- II. Gluing with wallpaper paste
- III. Wood glue with solid plate
- 1. Turn motif over and secure
- 2. Apply wood glue to wooden board
- IV. Preserve puzzle
- 1. Protect the substrate
- 2. Apply preservation
- Hanging on plate or in the frame
A puzzle offers many hours of entertainment and the typical puzzle pleasure. But then it's on the table and you can not do much with it. However, there are several methods to stick a puzzle durable and permanently. Then the beautiful motif still offers a great mural. Here we show the different ways to glue a puzzle picture.
There are different ways to make a nice mural out of the many small pieces of the puzzle. Some puzzle friends swear by double-sided tape, others use simple wallpaper paste. But a puzzle motif can also be fixed with a special puzzle conserver or with clear lacquer. How to show you the right way in each manual for all these different methods and for bonding with a latex binder. In a small buy recommendation you will find the right background for a big puzzle. So you can safely hang the finished puzzle motif on the wall.
You need this:
- rubber gloves
- Base plate / strong cardboard / OSB board
- Puzzle Conserver
- Double-sided adhesive tape
- Spray adhesive
- wallpaper paste
- Wood glue clear
- old newspaper / paper wallpaper
- Picture frame / special puzzle frame
Methods for gluing puzzles
There are many methods that work to glue a puzzle motif to life. One of the variants that are not recommended is the epoxy resin. At first, it may seem like a good idea to simply protect the puzzle motif behind a clear layer of epoxy. But epoxy yellows easily and gets an ugly yellow cast, which changes the colored motif lasting. In addition, you would first need to drag a frame around the subject to prevent the epoxy from running down.
- Preserve on the front
- Preserve from the back
- Tapen with package tape
- Glue for wallpaper in combination with newspaper or smooth paper wallpaper
- Spray glue and lower plate
- Double-sided adhesive tape with MDF, OSB or cardboard bottom plate
- Wood glue on cardboard or lower board made of OSB
I. Glueing with spray glue
To bond the puzzle pieces with spray adhesive, you should choose a stable base on which the parts can remain later. The subject side of the picture should be on the bottom. Then spray the subsequent base with spray adhesive and then the back of the puzzle. Depending on the manufacturer's instructions, the spray adhesive must first be applied for a moment. Then place the pad on the back of the puzzle.
Tip: If you have a large subject, you should look for a helper to place the pad flush and clean on the back of the picture. You can not move or move the pad when it is lying down.
It is ideal if you then turn the puzzle picture completely over with the base and then complain it from the top. So the puzzle pieces are pressed well into the glue and adhere better.
II. Gluing with wallpaper paste
If the puzzle is to be additionally secured in a frame anyway, you can simply glue it with wallpaper paste and newspaper. For this, the puzzle must first be turned.
Newsprint is then placed on the back and trimmed on the edge. Then apply wallpaper paste to this paper. This feeds into the paper and automatically glues it to the back of the puzzle.
Tip: For a more stable foundation, you can use a paper wallpaper instead of the newspaper to glue the small puzzle pieces together. However, some do-it-yourselfers even swear by using tissue paper because it is neutral in color and the structure of the puzzle does not thicken too much. Because, with some normal picture frames there is often not enough space in the interior, in addition to the puzzle to create a stronger back wall.
If you use wallpaper made of paper instead of newspaper, you should first cut the wallpaper appropriately. Then the wallpaper is painted with paste and folded. This works in a similar way to normal wallpapering. After a few minutes, the paper wallpaper is sufficiently soaked and can be opened again. Then place the wallpaper with the glue side on the back of the puzzle and tap it with the palm of your hand.
Tip: Beware of the consistency of the wallpaper paste. If it is too thin, it runs in the front of your motif. This may even cause your image to stick to the surface and be ruined forever. We therefore recommend gluing from the front of the puzzle.
III. Wood glue with solid plate
At first glance, wood glue is a good solution to stick a puzzle motif on. But similar to the wallpaper paste, the danger is great that the wood glue exits on the front between the joints again. Therefore, you must necessarily select a glue that hardens later clearly.
1. Turn motif over and secure
The motif must first be turned over. To do this, pull it back onto a cardboard and put another cardboard on the other side. The task becomes easier if you hold the two cardboard sides together with clamps or large paper clips. Then, as a precaution, lay out the foil on the work surface. If you already lay the foil on the cardboard when you turn it over, you do not have to reload the entire puzzle image onto another base again.
2. Apply wood glue to wooden board
If you want to glue a large puzzle motif, you can apply the wood glue with a velor roll on the plate. Otherwise, a brush is enough to spread the glue evenly on the plate. Read again in the instructions as to whether the wood glue may need to be applied briefly before you stick the picture on. If you want to hang a large motive, ask someone for help with this variant as well. Pay close attention that the wooden plate is placed flush with the glue on the motif. Then you should turn the puzzle picture over so that no wood glue runs through to the front and sticks the picture to the base.
IV. Preserve puzzle
Some jigsaw makers offer a suitable preservative for their puzzles. These should keep both their clear colors and the glossy surface. However, there are fundamental differences in these special remedies. You must decide beforehand if you want to coat the puzzle on the top or on the bottom with glue. Of course, each method has its advantages and disadvantages. In addition, you should study the instructions of the manufacturer carefully, because depending on whether you want to stick the image from the motif side, or rather from the back of the puzzle, the instructions may differ slightly during preparation of the adhesive. In addition, the individual products are still quite different depending on the manufacturer.
Tip: For some jigsaw puzzle conservators, you should look closely to see if you have bought enough. Nothing is worse than drying a half-preserved puzzle motif. You will always be able to see the heel that results when the seal on the half motif is already drying. If you buy the conservator at the hardware store, take one or two more bottles with you as a precaution. Keep the bag well, then there should be no problem in returning if you want to return sealed and sealed bottles or cans.
1. Protect the substrate
Since the conservator may leak through the gaps between the puzzle pieces, you should either top up your newspaper or put a foil under your work. With the newspaper you have to accept that you may not be able to remove the paper later. Gently pull the subject onto the surface.
Tip: If you want to seal the puzzle motif from the back, you should put it on a strong cardboard and then put on a strong cardboard from the top. Then firmly squeeze the two boards together and carefully turn the complete set. You can use a very large puzzle with thin wooden boards, which you can squeeze with screw clamps or clamping clamps. It also succeeds in turning a 10, 000-piece image without accidents.
2. Apply preservation
Most products must be well shaken or stirred before processing. Whether you can apply the preservative with a fine sponge or with a brush, is on the one hand in the instructions of the manufacturer or on the other is more in your own taste. It is important to wear gloves so as not to hold the entire preservative on your fingers. Especially dab the joints between the puzzle pieces well with the mass. The slightly milky mass becomes very clear when drying later. Make sure that as little dust or animal hair as possible gets whirled up in the room, so that this dirt does not fall into the mass and dries up. Depending on the manufacturer, your motif now needs between one hour and half a day to dry.
Tip: If you want to apply the preservation a second time, you should wait until the first layer has completely dried out. Otherwise it may happen that the conservator may stay slightly milky and ruin your beautiful subject. To hang a preservative is usually not enough for large subjects, the image should also be secured or glued.
If you prefer to coat the back with the preservation, the motif page should be placed on a slide. Even a cling film from the kitchen can be ideal here, since you can pull it down quite well later, even if some of the preservation has run through the cracks in the puzzle. If you want to be on the safe side and cover both sides, then always start with the front side of the motif, because as I said, otherwise easily some conservation goes through.
Tip: If you have not used up all the conservation, you can continue to use it for about a year. For this you must store the product but cool, but not below zero degrees, and close well. If available, a cellar is a good place for that.
Hanging on plate or in the frame
The type of plate you use depends, among other things, on the size of the puzzle motif. A solid surface for attaching an image is a fiberboard. In the past, many puzzle friends stuck their pictures on cardboard. But the moisture in most adhesives softens the cardboard and makes it wavy. This shows up later on the top and the whole picture is also wavy. Cardboard is actually only suitable if you use a spray adhesive to secure the subject.
Tip: If you use one of the heavy wood panels, a nail on the wall will hardly last long enough to hold the picture. Before attaching the puzzle motif to the plate, you should thread matching hooks through the plate at the top two corners to attach a solid string or chain behind the plate. Then attach the plate with the right dowels and wall hooks to which the cord is hung. This way, never one of your painstakingly puzzled pictures falls off the wall.
- MDF board
- Vinyl slates
Tip: If you prefer to embed your motif in a real picture frame, there are now special picture frames that are tailored to the different sizes of the puzzles. Most of these frames have no glass, but an acrylic disc. Below is space for a strong puzzle image of about five to six millimeters in thickness. If the picture frame has a glass, get help with large windows. Since the glass is under tension, it can quickly splinter or break if it is loaded on one side.
Tips for quick readers:
- Select method to glue the puzzle
- Apply puzzle preservation to the front
- Keep the drying time exactly
- Check the stability of the puzzle image
- possibly additionally repeat preservation on reverse side
- Apply preservation to the back
- Spray the spray adhesive on the surface. Apply the motif
- Carefully take a puzzle motif from the ground
- Turn picture completely with cardboard
- Lay up newsprint and brush with paste
or soak paper wallpaper with paste
- Stick paper wallpaper on the back
- Apply wood glue on wood - hang up on the motif
- choose a solid base for the suspension
- special puzzle frame to suit the size