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Artifact Puzzles - Kessel Bugs Double-Sided Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

Artifact Puzzles - Kessel Bugs Double-Sided Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

$ 48.00

This is a 119-piece double-sided wooden jigsaw puzzle of two different images of insects drawn by Jan van Kessel. 🐝 The puzzle design by Meredith Fields has a smattering of whimsy pieces, and few different styles of connectors, but each connector style is repeated exactly the same to make this small puzzle more challenging. 🐞 Whether you solve this puzzle at a crawl or at a flying pace, it should be a sufficient challenge without bugging you.  🐛 Like all our puzzles, made with 1/4" thick wood and the pieces are laser-cut. Packaged in a small blue box with a magnetic clasp. Made in the USA (specifically, in Fremont, California).

9.75" by 6.75"

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Name: Isabelle
Review: This little guy is very deceiving: much harder than it looks! Lots of pitfalls to fall in. If two pieces fit together, it doesn't mean at all that these pieces are meant to be connected together: some knobs act as universal connectors! There were a lot of back and forth, trying and huffing and puffing. Wavy edges, but guess what: a piece with a wavy edge is not necessarily an edge piece. I felt like an ape in a laboratory with scientists behind a one-way mirror timing my poor performance. Mind you, it was not wasted time: I enjoyed every bit of it. Thankfully, shadows help to orient the pieces (this is where you realize that insects are super symmetrical!). Also, if not sure of a connection between two pieces, turning over the connected pieces may give a clue if it's a false positive or not. Though, some pieces could be on either side (background for example). There is also the strategy of connecting the obvious (by shape of the pieces or by image), and flip it over to fit accordingly the image you are working on. Kudos to Christine (see below) for solving this puzzle without looking at the image! I personally have not reach this level, I still need the image as a crutch. It's such a good opportunity to spend time looking at a gorgeous image, I am a real fan of Jan van Kessel's art, I really recommend his other Artifact puzzle "Butterflies" ("Shells" is also on my to-do list). Thank you Artifact for introducing me to great Masters! Here, the berries are so full of life, as if they are about to burst: this in itself, is a Master Class in how to apply white-out to bring a flat image into 3D. And the green caterpillar's dots glisten as if they were jewels... so amazing, it makes me *almost* fall in love with bugs! Nature is brought to new heights in this painting. So much fun, and good to teach you a lesson of awe and humility, and show you that with patience nothing is impossible.
Name: Christine
Review: The double-sided puzzles are a very fun challenge, especially if you don’t look at the image! I enjoyed assembling little puzzle chunks of bug and plant, which gradually were assembled into a larger whole. One entire section had to be flipped over near the end to fit with the other parts; luckily, these Artifact pieces are chunky and fit together well enough that they are easy to flip! Perhaps my favorite small Artifact puzzle yet!

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