This do-it-yourself Joslin Photo Puzzle Co. puzzle kit is a great way to make a puzzle at home from a personal picture! You will receive two sets with your order. All you need is an iron, a creativity software such as The Print Shop or Microsoft Home Publishing 2000, a pair of scissors and a picture of your choice. Choose a simple, clean photo or image with light, bright colors, avoid dark color and images with excessive details and heavy shadows. Detailed instructions are included with your order.
Tips to keep in mind before proceeding:
- For best results, use photos and images with light, bright colors. Avoid dark colors.
- Simple, clean images are recommended. Avoid images with excessive details and heavy shadows.
- Design must fit within the dimensions of the puzzle. If your design is larger, decide which part you will trim away and do so PRIOR to transferring it to the puzzle.
- Preheat the iron for at least 8 minutes prior to ironing. Press FIRMLY with the iron for successful transfer of the design.
- Allow puzzle to cool one hour after ironing before peeling away the transfer paper.
- DO NOT permit children to use this product without adult supervision.
You will need
- Puzzle (2 included)
- Cold Peel Puzzle Transfer (2 included)
- Print Creativity software (for example, the Print Shop, PrintMaster, Microsoft Home Publishing 2000, etc.)
- A Color inkjet printer (with user manual)
- A plain sheet of 8.5""x11"" paper for practice
- Standard hand iron
- Clock or watch with second hand
- Smooth, hard, flat surface (do not use an ironing board or metal surface)
- Piece of cardboard (included)
- Adult supervision is required
Preparation of Blank Jigsaw Puzzle
Note: Place the cardboard underneath the puzzle while performing the following steps.
- While keeping the puzzle sheet intact, loosen the top, bottom and both sides of the puzzle. To do this, first place the cardboard underneath the puzzle. Hold the edges of the puzzle with both hands, and carefully move the puzzle back and forth, then switch and hold the top and bottom, repeating the movement.
- Next, loosen the inside pieces while continuing to keep the puzzle intact (and holding cardboard underneath). One row at a time, carefully press loops of the individual pieces up and down between your thumbs until they snap apart. KEEP THE PUZZLE INTACT.
- Choose Mirror, Revers, Flip or Back Print in the printer setup to print your image for the correct transfer onto fabric side of puzzle. (This step will not be required if the design contains no words or if your design software automatically makes this adjustment for T-Shirt transfer paper.)
- Test image by printing on a sheet of plain paper. Use the Plain Paper or Draft mode to conserve color ink.
- If satisfied with the draft, insert a single sheet of T-Shirt transfer paper into the printer with the blank side loaded correctly for your printer, making sure the paper is not curled or bent. BE SURE TO PRINT ON THE BLANK SIDE OF THE TRANSFER.
- Choose a Medium or High Resolution setting in your printer setup menu.
- Set paper type as Plain Paper or Transfer Paper.
LET IMAGE DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE CONTINUING.
- On the back of the transfer, measure and mark the dimensions of the puzzle. Using your scissors, trim away the unwanted portion on all four sides of the transfer. This will make the transfer the same size as the puzzle.
- Preheat iron on the highest setting for 8 minutes. Do not hurry-wait the full 8 minutes. DO NOT USE STEAM!
- Ironing surface should be flat, hard, solid and smooth. Do not use an ironing board.
- Place puzzle on top and cardboard and place copied transfer image face down on jigsaw puzzle.
- Quickly and firmly press the iron in a circular and constant motion for 2 minutes.
Make sure you press the edges of the transfer.
NOTE: Pressing firmly is critical! Otherwise the image will not transfer cleanly. Be sure to iron the corners and edges of the transfer completely.
- Immediately place iron aside. Allow the puzzle to cool for at least 15-25 minutes.
Removing Backing Sheet From Transfer
- Starting in one corner of the transfer, separate the backing sheet from the transfer and begin to pull it back slowly. Remove the backing sheet with steady pressure. The transfer should separate from the backing sheet and appear on the puzzle. Once the transfer has been transferred to the puzzle, you are ready to carefully separate the pieces of the puzzle. Do this slowly and carefully.
- Loosen and separate the puzzle edges. Holding the puzzle with both hands, carefully snap apart the edge pieces on all four sides of the puzzle until the edges are separated.
- Loosen and separate the rest of the puzzle, one vertical row at a time. Carefully push each puzzle loop back and forth with your fingers until it snaps apart. Repeat this motion with the edges of each puzzle piece until they separate.
- Go on to next vertical row and repeat this process. DO NOT PULL HARD and do this slowly and carefully!
- Now you can put the puzzle together and enjoy!
To Avoid Burns, Use Extra Caution While Ironing:
- Do not touch hot surface of iron
- Do not touch transfer while ironing
- Do not permit children to use this product without Adult supervision
- Never leave hot iron unattended
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