Completed “The World’s Smallest Jigsaw Puzzle” (313/366)

“My favorite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself, after all it is a solo effort.”
~ Adrian Belew


The other day, Mom and I were looking around a Hallmark store when a display caught my eye for the “World’s Smallest Jigsaw Puzzle” – small puzzles, when completed only 4″ x 6″, with tiny pieces – so tiny, in fact, that they include tweezers to help you put the puzzle together.

I’ve loved miniatures since I was a kid, and I totally wanted to do one of these.  When Mom saw me looking at these puzzles, she told me, “I have one at home!”  AWESOME.  I’d actually never completed a full jigsaw puzzle before, except for those ones for kids that only have like, 50 pieces.  I think being the youngest child, no “real” jigsaw puzzles survived to be handed down to me, and I’d never before really been all that interested in them.  Tonight, I took on the tiny, tedious, totally fun challenge.

I started out by finding all the “edge” pieces – and just that took me between ten and twenty minutes – and then the real work began.  Nick and I set up a camera so we could take some time lapse shots.  Here’s the video of my progression (quarter on the side for scale)!

From start to finish, this puzzle took me about three hours to complete.  It was fun, and the pieces were so cute.  One of the things that surprised me was how helpful the tweezers really were.  I thought I wouldn’t need them, but they totally made it easier to grab the pieces at times.  Another thing that I really appreciated about this (and all jigsaw puzzles) is that if you have patience, and you learn to appreciate a different perspective, it’s really cool to see things come together and make sense, after starting from a big, jumbled pile of confusion.

I really enjoyed this.  While I’m not totally into huge puzzles since they take so long, this size puzzle is doable in an evening, and for some reason, I really did like the fact that the pieces were so small too – it doesn’t take up that much room on your table, and doesn’t take that long to finish – so you don’t even need a puzzle mat!

Related Links:
“World’s Smallest Jigsaw Puzzles” on Amazon
Jigsaw Puzzle 234 Pieces 4″X6″-Six String Fling 

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