Personally Commissioned Jigsaws

Written by Charles Peacock
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If you're a true puzzle fanatic (or simply have the pleasure of knowing one), there are few things better than getting a personally commissioned jigsaw puzzle. In the old days, having a jigsaw puzzle made for you was an incredibly time-consuming (and probably expensive) process. But with today's technology, you can get a puzzle with an amazing level of customization for a surprisingly reasonable price.

Buying Personally Commissioned Jigsaw Puzzles

The first step in ordering a custom jigsaw puzzle is to find a manufacturer who can handle the job. Most of the best puzzle makers are located in Britain, and it's important to find one that specializes in custom puzzles. The best manufacturers are those who use computer design and laser cutting techniques, because these tools allow for a great deal of inexpensive customization.

Once you've located a puzzle maker, you'll need to decide what kind of puzzle you're looking for. You can always choose the number of pieces in the puzzle, which will also help you determine its overall size. Once you've settled on the size, you can choose the image that you want to use on the puzzle itself.

If you're looking for something totally unique, the best puzzle makers can offer a service that produces whatever your imagination can create--a bespoke service like this is often a favorite of businesses or advertising agencies. This option can sometimes prove expensive, and a more cost-effective solution for individual puzzles may be to have your personalized image mounted on one of a manufacturer's standard cuts. Leading manufacturers will have a wide range of standard cuts from which to choose and some will offer specially shaped pieces within the cut that reflect the subject matter of your picture. If the puzzle features a favorite garden scene, for instance, you could have pieces that are cut in the shape of flowers, gardening tools or even a gardener leaning on his fork!

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