Diamond Puzzle Test

A while ago I recieved a small diamond puzzle kit. I’ve always wanted to try one but the ones I liked were either too complicated or too expensive for a beginner attempt. Luckily I came across an offer where all you had to pay was the shipping and handling. So I found this neat design.

I really like the design. It didnt look too awful or childish and it was one that the whole picture is not a diamond painting. Meaning that only the unicorn was part of the diamond painting, the background was just there for a complete finished look. Plus it was a complete kit with all diamond colors as well as wax, stylus pen, and tray.

After several youtube tips and tricks videos, I finally had a good grasp on what to do and in what order. First and most importantly the pattern is sticky and needs to be kept covered as much as possible. Theres a plastic cover that comes with the picture so that makes things easy. Another helpful tip is to work from the outside of the picture towards the middle.

After the first color I was very skeptical about these paintings. But I pressed on with a few more colors.

After the 3rd color though I was hooked. The picture was starting to take shape and I was actually upset that I had to stop and go to bed. I really wanted to finish my unicorn! After a solid 6 hours of sleep I woke up refreshed and ready to finish this piece.

In total this took about 9 hours to complete. Which was more then enough to keep me occupied for a while. It was nice to get the chance to try this out on a smaller beginner level picture before I take the plunge and do a much large piece.

I hope you have been enjoying reading my blog. Next week is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Black Friday. I work in retail so there will not be a new post next week. After this week work should die down a bit and I can return in December. Until then Happy Thanksgiving and good luck in your holiday shopping adventures!

DINOSAUR!!!!!!!!

This week I treated myself to a cute little dinosaur kit!

He is the same company that made my cute little dragon that is in my home page banner. They are super easy kitsch but still neat and challenging. Each box (that I’ve seen) has these neat facts on the side of the box hat require you to find your answers as you build.

The inside flaps of the box also have super basic instructions. It may be a bit too basic but I also dont see a way that would modify for slightly better clarification.

So step 1 as with building absolutely anything is to lay everything out and make sure you have all the required pieces.

This kit came with and extra (yellow) center piece, all the required pieces for construction and the glue. I like to separate out my left side pieces from my right side pieces to make construction a little easier.

The actual construction is a bit tricky. The glue is basically white glue so not super sticky at first. I find the best way to get the first 2 pieces glued is to put the one side on the center stick and add the glue then smoosh down the other side through the center stick. Then I let that dry for a minute. This prevents it from moving around too much. It does however run the rush of the glue also adhering to the center stick which is not something you want to happen.

After letting the center dry a bit, I choose 1 side and layer up everything far enough so that I can place the eyeball in and then repeat for the other side.

After a center point of boiling up the layers you get to the final layers that require the center stick. The few remaining pieces at this point do not have a slot for the center stick. If you managed to not have too much glue adhering to the center stick it’s pretty easy to gently wiggle it out. But if you enjoy glue a little too much like I do you need to find some pliers and use a little bit of gentle force to rip the center stick out.

After the center stick is out it is just a simple few small solid pieces to cover up the hole. These pieces are the most difficult because you have the line each piece up just right and let it dry before you can add the next one.

In the end, it’s a thick collection of cardboard and glue but the choices of figures are super cute. The company itself is based out of New Zealand but with a little searching you can find the kits almost anywhere on the internet.

Also, here are the answers to the facts on the box.

Seahorses at the hospital

This week I had a family member in the hospital. So I’ve spent quite a bit a time sitting around, reading, and waiting. To break up some of the reading time, I got this nifty engraving kit to work on while I’m here passing time.

Today I was just hooked on it and finished. Not bad for about 5 hours of work. Now to figure out how I’d like to go about framing it.