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Old 12-13-2009, 03:01 PM   #11
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WOW !! can't wait to see more. Those are beautiful. So when you sell something like this - it has 3 puzzles in it? Do they have to figure out what layer goes where or do you have them labelled in some way? Very interesting.
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WOW !! can't wait to see more. Those are beautiful. So when you sell something like this - it has 3 puzzles in it? Do they have to figure out what layer goes where or do you have them labelled in some way? Very interesting.
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When this is done and boxed, all of the pieces from all three layers will be placed into the box together, without being separated. After assembly, the three layers will hold together without the top portions sliding over the bottom ones. In fact, it could even be hung on a wall as a picture!
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Hi Shawn,

This is a great idea. I've done multi-layer puzzles where the three pictures are different, but not used the same picture multiple times to add depth (and difficulty!).

How do you attach the layers? Do you have some pieces which attach multiple layers together to perform the lock?

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Shawn - they were clamoring for a tutorial, not a master's class!



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Shawn...i am so totally on board and blown away by this puzzle.....you have added another dimension to puzzles......i am ready for the next installment.....you are truly a "puzzle artist.".......

is the next part here yet??....is it?...is it??

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OK that's enough torture.......I want to learn, I want to learn, I want to learn.
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Way cool Shawn!! I've been off the boards a while now, but WOW!! What a great thing to see when I finally come back! Keep these posts coming

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How do you attach the layers? Do you have some pieces which attach multiple layers together to perform the lock?

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That's pretty much the principle I use, Rob. I create special "anchor" pieces which hold each layer in place. I'll show pictures of how I do it when I get to that part, which hopefully will show things better than I can explain.
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How To Do It: A Step By Step Guide

Making a multi-layered jigsaw puzzle requires that you have multiple images of the same picture. Simply, you'll need one image for every layer you wish to add. The images should all be of the same proportions.

"Greeting The Season" was cut using Christmas cards for the picture. Greeting cards are an excellent source for a small multi-layered puzzle such as this, as they are cheap to buy and often come in boxes of multiple copies.

Larger puzzles may be created using a similar technique. In "Imaginary Flight," there are two layers cut, but only in certain areas of the puzzle. This makes part of the puzzle "jump out" of the picture, including the children's left arms/legs, the engine and left wing of the "plane" and the little umbrella.

This is a 327 piece puzzle.







Back to our Christmas project, let's look at the card I chose to use.



With the picture you use, study it for a while and try to define aspects of the picture which are in the foreground and those which are in the background. In this particular picture, I felt that I could cut it into three distinct areas of focus.

In the foreground are the various shoppers and the parked truck. In the middle ground is the Toy Shop. Finally, in the background are the blueish colored buildings in the distance.

What made this particular puzzle interesting for me to cut was the existence of the archway, which would allow the viewer to look right through to the background.

Some decisions will have to be made regarding what aspects of the picture to leave where. As an example, I chose to leave some of the shoppers, including the gentleman with the umbrella and the lady with the dog in the middle ground (with the Toy Shop and the arch itself).

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So with this puzzle, I've decided to have three distinct areas of focus, so I'll need three identical cards.

You'll want to glue each picture to an individual piece of plywood.



When glueing the picture, always leave a border of wood around the edges. In other words, use a larger piece of wood than need for your picture. This will allow you to have total control of how the border will be cut on your final puzzle.

When cutting a multi-layered puzzle with my technique, it is important to cut the puzzle board including the elements closest to the viewer first, and then eventually cutting the boards sequentially further away from the viewer one at a time. The reason for this will become clear shortly.

An order of events will repeat themselves with each layer.

1: Cut out the elements desired for that layer
2: Cut that layers elements into puzzle pieces, designating special "anchor pieces" along the way (I'll get to that)
3: Glue anchor pieces to the next deepest layer
4: Repeat process with next deepest layer

So here is the puzzle board for my top layer, closest to the viewer.



(Step 1): From this layer, I've decided to include the truck parked to the right, the three shoppers in the immediate foreground, and the man with the monkey. I've decided to cut out the little dog sitting next to him as well.

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