And speaking of the image, I used this painting I created several years ago, of a lady turtle traveling the world. I used Mod Podge to adhere the image to the board, after I spray painted the edges a bronze metallic. After it was completely dry, I covered it with two coats of water based polyurethane to seal it. I also spray painted the back side of the board a dark green. Then it was off to Roy's shop. I felt it was necessary to put his brand new scroll saw to use! I had drawn random lines on the back for him to follow in making the individual puzzle pieces. It worked great! (what a sweetie he is).
The pieces are shown here in a random assortment. Then I had to put it together. Not that easy! Even though I painted the image and designed the puzzle, it was hard. In my defense, I don't really enjoy the adventure of jig saw puzzles. I made this one as a Christmas gift so I don't ever have to put it together again, right?
The next step is to sew a draw string bag to put the pieces in. I think it might also be a good idea to print off the image on fabric paper and adhere it to the front of the bag. If not, it might never get assembled!