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    Here is my first attempt on free hand puzzle cutting. I started out with a 4x6 pic first. I tried not to let four corners come together. I need comments good or bad, then I'll know what to do next time. Any help is welcome. Thanks Don
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  • #2
    After showing this, I notice I should have rounded the connecting piece more. So it would hold together better. Don


    • #3
      Way to go, Don. First attempts always produce pieces larger than you might have cut with a pattern, but practice will show how you can vary the sizes, I also urge you to try some color-line cutting, like with the waterfall and the tree branch at left. It will open up more options.

      Keep it up..... Carter


      • #4
        Great job. Looking at the back it seems that many of your pieces don't interlock. That is fine. Some puzzles are that way some are interlocking. Personally, I like interlocking. If I realize that a section needs to be moved it is easier to drag (or pickup) the group and move readily. You may try making your tabs similar to the human head. The neck is narrower than the head. Otherwise hanging piece theives wouldn't be possible.

        I saw one puzzle that was strictly smooth sided and painted all black. There were curves, just no tabs.
        Sawdust King

        If there is one thing I can make perfect every time it is sawdust.


        • #5
          Sawdust; I notice after I got done that it needed the tabs more rounded. I'll be trying another soon. I can't use the same picture, like a knot head I used the only copy I had. Don


          • #6
            Hi, Don...looks great!

            As you practice your "locks," you'll find that your necks are eventually getting smaller than the heads, and that is the important part to make them interlock. Don't be afraid to experiment with different style locks as well. You can make them round, square, heart-shaped, club-shaped, or whatever you want. Some locks will be effective, even if not head-and-neck style. For instance, cutting a lock with is simply a curl shape or a bend (think elbow) can also be very effective.

            Just mess around with different ways of doing it, and I think you'll find that it keeps the hobby really fun.
            Shawn Ferguson

            Come visit at The Ferguson Puzzle Company !


            • #7
              Thanks Shawn; I was having fun just trying it for the first. I'll keep some of your pointer in mind on the next one. Don


              • #8
                I remember my first attempt at free hand. I had watched Carter's videos about three times and had such confidence.

                That 24 square inches of picture really humbled me. But, I did a couple of others and regain some of that confidence, but still have to really think as I am cutting. Have a few to do when the weather breaks--for good.
                When looking at the clock at work--the correct time is:
                Too early to leave, too late to call in.


                • #9
                  That looks super....


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