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Double Double, is it Trouble?

Have you ever been browsing through Puzzle Warehouse, and stumbled across a puzzle so pretty, you knew you had to have it? That is exactly what happened with this gorgeous Piatnik Four Seasons puzzle. Not only is this a stunning take on the famous Four Seasons by Alphonse Mucha, but I was incredibly intrigued by what a metallic puzzle looks like, and how it would be to piece one together. 

First- let me start of by saying this puzzle box is the prettiest puzzle box I’ve ever seen. The full image is on the front- slightly raised up from the puzzle box, and is so beautifully shiny and metallic. When I saw this puzzle box, I assumed that there would be no way that the puzzle itself could live up to how beautiful the box was. 

Wrong! The pieces were amazing! I would guesstimate that 90% of this puzzle is metallic, and I spent a good portion of this experience just being in awe of how gorgeous this puzzle was! I definitely worked this puzzle in the four sections, and as it came together, the beauty was just stunning. I could not figure out how to photograph this puzzle to even begin capturing how stunning it truly is! This is definitely a puzzle you’ll work from the inside out- the last bit of this puzzle I did was the border!

Well, a few weeks later, I was surfing through the Puzzle Warehouse website again (see a pattern here?), and I stumbled across Four Seasons from Ravensburger. I was instantly drawn to the beautiful colors…but I hesitated because I had just done a Four Seasons puzzle. Eh, who am I kidding. I hesitated for a split second, then bought it immediately!  

As I was diving into Ravensburger’s Four Seasons puzzle, I wondered if I’d be bored puzzling a similar image. I was absolutely not bored for one second. It was really interesting to puzzle a different take on the same image, with different colors and different patterns. I definitely attacked the puzzle the same- working essentially from the inside out, and doing – gasp – the borders last again! 

I think that any puzzle with a similar image, but from a different puzzle brand, is always going to be a vastly different experience. I enjoyed that Piatnik puzzle so much because the metallic pieces were such a unique way to experience a puzzle. Even working on areas that were similar didn’t bother me, because I couldn’t get over how pretty the pieces were! Moving on to the Ravensburger puzzle, it was like settling back into an old friend- tried and true and always a perfect experience!

If I had enough time, I would have attempted to do Four Seasons from Eurographics as well- although for some reason, green is the most difficult color for me to puzzle!

The reason I ultimately decided this to do this experiment is because there are often duplicate puzzle images from different puzzle companies that I stumble across, and I always wondered what it would be like to try them all out. 

The Birth of Venus has several iterations- including an adorable take from Galison:

You’ll end up finding many different takes on a lot of the art puzzles. If you don’t believe me- search for Starry Night, Luncheon of the Boating party, and anything by Klimt, including this second metallic puzzle from Piatnik: 

If you want to try duplicate puzzles, but don’t love art puzzles, check these Rosie the Riveter puzzles out:

It has been so interesting puzzling duplicate images from different puzzle brands! Until next time my Jigsaw Junkies- happy puzzling!

Amanda @600hoursofpuzzle

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Alexandra A. - Cambridge, MA

I agree with you wholeheartedly. I have at least 5 puzzles on the same subject (the Neuschwanstein castle in all seasons and from different angles). I also tried doing the same exact puzzle from the same company (accidentally, but nonetheless) and found that the pieces were cut differently though it was the same product. These are really nice, though I tend to prefer more pieces myself.

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