If you would like to make the same one you can download the image below, just by clicking on it to see it full size. Otherwise you can use it as a pattern. It's based on the tropical frog Scramble Square pattern and I can promise it's hard to do because we had four people try it yesterday afternoon and no one could do it :).
To Make Your Base Image
Cut these out in an image program so they have a transparent back ground and then add in guide lines underneath somewhere around the centre of each image (see image 1 - this is to help with placement).
You don't have to have these, you can just make the image slightly bigger and have markers to show where to cut around the edge if you prefer (in this case you would need a precision cutting implement). (I have an Adobe Photoshop file here for those who have the program blank.psd).
Make sure your images are above the black lines so that they will meet over the edge of the pieces. Repeat with your first theme image to form the same pattern as on the Loki scramble square above, rotating the image where necessary.
Repeat this for your other three images as well. Always make sure to use the guidelines or it will be obvious which images line up with which.
You can leave the background blank, but I think it looks much more interesting if you have something behind the images. To do this, create a square of whatever background you would like just big enough to fit on one of the nine pieces. Then place one of each of these backgrounds on each piece underneath all other parts of the image, remembering to rotate it every now and then so there is no particular way up to it. You should end up with something like the complete Loki scramble square shown at the top.
Turn off the blue guidelines.
How to Make the Puzzle
You will need:
- 1 A4 (or local equivalent) print of your base image
- 1 A4 (or local equivalent) piece of black card
- paper glue (photo mount is best - it must be strong and must not cause wrinkles)
- 1 A4 (or local equivalent) laminating pouch
- laminator (my laminator is a hot one, I have no idea if cold laminators adhere in the same way)
- scissors (or accurate guillotine or craft knife and ruler)
- Print out your image with the fit to paper option.
- Glue your print out onto your card and leave to dry completely (our photo mount suggested 24hr)
- Place the construct into a laminating pouch and laminate it.
- Being incredibly careful cut along the dividing lines and around the edges making sure not to leave any obvious imperfections.
Now all you have to do is give the puzzle to someone and watch them stare at it for hours or try it yourself :).
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