LIFE: The Great Challenge - by Royce B. McClure
August 25, 2007
- FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ILLINOIS, USA
Daniel Schell - Brookfield, IL, USA
Assembled between May and Aug 25, 2007.
Well, it took a few months....I started in May.... but I have finished it!
What an awesome puzzle. I put it together in 8 sections. I used the
waterline as a divider for each quarter and seperated the pieces as best I
could and assembled the tops and bottoms individually. Once all 8 were done
I laminated the backs of each 8th, then took them outside to the driveway
of my apartment because I don't have enough space inside. A beautiful sunny
day so I didn't have to worry about any rains coming in, which we have had
a lot of here in the Chicago area. Once I snapped a few photos, I broke it
back down into the 8 sections in the hopes of someday laminating the whole
thing and mounting it on a wall.Again, a wonderful piece of artwork and a great pleasure to put together. I
look forward to the 30,000 piecer! :)
You say you laminated the puzzle in 8 pieces...what do you mean
Did you keep an hour log?
Ok, I "laminated" by using clear contact paper on the back of each section.
It took a lot of time by myself. I had to use small pieces at a time to
keep it from rolling up on itself. As for the time I spent, I made no
effort to try to keep track of the hours on it. I started it in May, and
finished it on Saturday, Aug 25.
I did my first big puzzle about 12-13 years ago. It was an 8,000 piecer
that I found in a puzzle catalog of a friend's. Until then, I had no idea
anyone was making puzzles that large. Since then I have tried to buy every
large puzzle that came on the market that appealed to me. Yours is actually
ther first one I have ever built with the intention of mounting
permanently. All the others I have taken apart to someday be worked again.
I have completed puzzle of 9,000, 12,000, 13,200, as well as a second 8,000
piecer, and have four 18,000 piecers waiting to be started, along with
various other large puzzles.
There were a couple of pieces that were damaged in the manufacturing
process of the LIFE puzzle, but other than that it was by far the most
enjoyable puzzle experience I have had. The absence of a border gets a big
thumbs up from me. Those can be not only tedious, but when there are
repeating patterns in piece shape, it can be next to impossible to know if
a piece is in its proper place. I never considered trying to mix the
sections and doing the puzzle in one piece; I simply don't have the space
in my apartment to have accomplished that, but even if I did, I still would
have done it in sections.
Again, it was a tremendous experience!!!
Regards, Daniel Schell
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