Preserving Your Completed Jigsaw Puzzle: Tips for Long-Term Preservation

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Once you have completed a jigsaw puzzle, there are a few different methods you can use to keep it intact and preserve your hard work. Here are some suggestions:

1. Flip the puzzle over: Gently flip the completed puzzle over onto a sturdy board or a puzzle mat. This will help ensure that all the pieces stay in place.

2. Glue the puzzle: Use puzzle glue or a special puzzle conserver to glue all the pieces together. Spread the glue evenly over the surface of the puzzle, making sure to cover all the edges and seams. Let it dry completely, then trim any excess glue around the edges. This method permanently seals the puzzle and keeps it intact.

3. Mount the puzzle: If you want to display your completed puzzle, you can mount it on a backing board or frame it. To mount the puzzle, carefully slide a large sheet of wax or parchment paper underneath it. Flip both the puzzle and the paper over together, so that the puzzle is now resting on the paper. Slowly peel the top layer of the puzzle away, exposing the sticky backing. Carefully place a backing board or foam board on top of the puzzle, making sure it aligns properly. Gently press down on the backing to stick the puzzle onto it. Trim any protruding pieces, and your puzzle is now mounted and ready to be framed or displayed.

4. Store the puzzle in a frame: If you want to keep the puzzle intact and display it without mounting, you can use a puzzle frame. These frames have a backing board that holds the puzzle in place and a transparent cover to protect it. Simply slide your completed puzzle into the frame, making sure it fits securely. Close the frame and hang it on the wall or display it on a shelf.

Remember to handle your completed puzzle carefully to avoid damaging or dislodging any pieces. Whether you decide to glue, mount, or frame the puzzle, these methods will help you keep it organized and preserved for years to come.

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