Bonsai in a Pot -- Yes I made another complicated puzzle!

One of your resident puzzle makers here, and I have to say that I might have out done myself this time! Every other year, the Puzzle Parley is held, and we do an Exchange. This is my second year participating, but also managing it. It was so cool to see everyone else’s super creativity, but I digress.

My puzzle is part tessellating make-it-how-you-want-to and part tricky fitting pieces, fully double sided, multi-layered and painted with watercolors either directly on wood or on gesso-ed wood.


Double sided pieces – half are turned over so all four seasons show.
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This is all the same puzzle, shown as all four seasons – bottom row has been flipped over to the “back”.
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Yes, the pot also flips and aligns to the “back”!
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Magic microbes in the “dirt” done with sparkle watercolors.
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Me painting a 400-leaf sheet post cutting.

The completed cherry blossom tessellation set, getting ready to be sealed with triple thick clear gloss.
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The pegs are made from acrylic, with either white or alcohol ink dyed silver mirror (on the pot). I found out to my woe last year that no plywood or draftboard could handle wear and tear of being so small without breaking, thus acrylic was used.

I was surprised how creative people got with this – since the trunk is made of all the same connecting shapes as the leaf tessellation pieces, you can assemble the trunk in different ways, as well as doing more than 2 layers of “leaves”. One person even put the pot on upside down just for the creativity of it! Several combined “snow” season with “cherry blossom” season, and Summer with Autumn.

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Oh my gosh, I love these!
Do the foliage layers interlock, or is one layer resting loosely on the other?

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This sort of blows my mind. Fantastic!

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If you look very close, you can see tiny pegs and triangle-shaped holes in some of the leaf tessellation pieces. I initially had twice as many, and two hole sets for each secondary “bough” aka layer of leaves. But since the pegs are in different spots, but the holes are all the same, it turned out to be nearly impossible to get the correct ones that lines up in the right places! So I removed half of the holes and the pegs to make it easier to do it your own way. I think I went through at least 7 numbered :wink: versions, as in, I get sick of numbering them after that!

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Thank you! It nearly blew mine trying to get the plywood holes and the acrylic pegs to have a Goldilocks kerf size – not too big and not too small, but just right :joy_cat::joy_cat::joy_cat:

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+20… on a scale of 1-10.
These are absolutely beautiful!

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I love, love, love this. It’s both beautiful and creative.

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You ARE our resident puzzle expert! Love your ingenuity and design.

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That is super creative!

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Gobsmacked I am

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Very clever, the added dimensions… and the best example of a puzzle that should be left assembled and displayed I’ve ever seen.

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Absolutely gorgeous!! So beautiful and colorful!! You are being awarded this Glowforge award for your awesome artistry.

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@jamely, I am stunned!
I love puzzles and I love tessallations, so your work really hits homerun with me.
Your creativity is inspiring and a prime example of the potential of what can be achieved with the :glowforge: under the bright minds of the members of this forum.

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I love bonsai trees! To add the concept of four seasons is off the charts. Very beautifully done.

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Super cool

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These are so fantastic! I love the watercolors.

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Ohhhhh, breathtaking!

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Wow, wow, wow! That is the most amazing puzzle I have ever seen! I cannot even begin to imagine how long it took you to figure that out to make it so versatile. And the painting of it is astounding and absolutely beautiful. Your Puzzle Parlay group must really have enjoyed it!

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I’m staying with a friend who is a puzzle lover. We always work on one when I visit. Can’t wait for her to wake up and see this puzzle.

I love how you pInt the leaves. Your color work is divine!

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This is absolutely stunning.!!

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