Puzzle 755 - Plastic Puzzle

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In the fall of 2007 I made a puzzle out of transparent plastic, cut it in my grid cutting style, per a customer order. I used a grid template I designed in Photoshop. While cutting, I frequently placed drops of a lubricating oil on the surface of the plastic to prevent the blade from binding to the plastic as heat from the cutting could melt the plastic. The process was rather messy and a lot of cleanup time was required to remove the protective backing on the plastic and plastic residue which clung to the sides of the pieces. I used my regular scroll saw for the job, but replaced my usual cutting surface table with one that I had used for metal cutting experiments which also required oil several years earlier . I had to be super careful with the completed puzzle as if it came apart it would have been nearly impossible to reassemble! I shipped the completed work assembled.

Puzzle 755 - Plastic Puzzle

Some pieces immediately after cutting with protective covering still in place on the far side

Plastic used for the puzzle (provided by the customer)

6 rows of 9 pieces, cleaned

All done!

As it happened (from my Journal archives)

October 31, 2007

Wednesday 5:51 pm - The laborious clean up of the plastic puzzle is done and the puzzle is ready to ship.

October 30, 2007

Tuesday 7:53 pm - I spent a good part of the day struggling with the plastic puzzle. I had to use oil to keep the blade from binding with the plastic. The oil makes it very hard to keep a grid template securely in place during the latter parts of cutting a grid style puzzle. Cleanup of the pieces is also taking much longer than expected as the plastic residue collects around the edges of the pieces. I expected to complete the puzzle today, but cleanup will extend well into tomorrow morning.

October 29. 2007

Monday 2:27 pm - Today I visited the ruins of the residences of San Pasqual Academy, visiting the destroyed homes of Mixed Media members Bob Armstrong and Jean Cornwell. The 24 beautiful Puzzle Tree puzzle pieces I spent so much time making and some other wooden parts were stored in Bob's garage - of these there isn't the slightest trace - anything not made of metal, concrete or ceramic was completely incinerated, both in the garage and the house. The destruction was profound. The Puzzle Tree's metal branches with wooden spear tips survived. These had been stored outside the garage, leaning against a wall and the stucco wall collapsed inward, protecting the wooden spear tips although flames came through cracks formed when the wall fell, scorching the poles. Bob and I have agreed that this is the absolute end of The Puzzle Tree. All of Bob's personal effects associated with The Puzzle Tree (the scale models he made, posters, photos and Anne William's "The Jigsaw Puzzle" book with a picture of The Puzzle Tree were incinerated. As I had an extra copy, I gave Bob a new one. I did take photos, but I must now get to the shop to do experimentation with the plastic I have mentioned. I'll update here with photos when I get a chance. I'll also eventually update the Puzzle Tree page too.

October 28, 2007

Sunday 5:44 pm - Tomorrow I'll work with some plastic to see if I can make a puzzle for a potential customer in Portland Oregon. I have added this item to the Puzzle Queue.

Plastic Puzzle
Date Completed
October 31, 2007
11" x 8.5"
Cutting Style
# Pieces
Color Line Cutting

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