I make puzzles – I started with alcohol ink stained acrylic, and now focus on watercolor painted wood, with my company, 3 Cat Max. And part of being in a community is to volunteer when you can, so I am also a member of the Puzzle Parley Steering Committee (which, if you love wooden puzzles, and are available to travel to Massachusetts in July, you should go to the Puzzle Parley and have a blast!)
All that to say that when I saw the trophies that we were planning on buying for $80 a piece – just a thick piece of acrylic cut into a puzzle shape on a base – I had to make them much awesome-r. These are triple thick, with glass green acrylic and proofgrade cherry ply, and acrylic clips holding it all together. Not to mention the stands are also custom made from black pg acrylic to hold these puzzle trophies correctly. I’ll engrave the back clear acrylic to add the date and place, but thought it would be fun to share these before they get awarded in July!
That green glass acrylic is a lovely contrast. Nice work!
The green glass acrylic just has a more finished look. The look great.
Great opportunity - Carpe Diem!
Nailed it! I’d guess these are some of the ‘Best in Show.’
Couldn’t be a more perfect trophy!
Those look fabulous! What a great trophy!
These look awesome! I’m sure much better than what you were going to commercially buy!! Great job!
That’s awesome!! That’s taking it to a whole 'nother level.
Nice design! A lot of fun!
Thank you @MakerMatthew and @cynd11! I got to show them off to the Steering Committee over a Zoom meeting last night, and they were all quite happily impressed
Congratulations! What a neat idea–I wish I could attend just to marvel at the artistry of puzzles.
Here’s purrs to you for the success of your Puzzle Parley!
Thank you @kelley1 !
It has been quite a journey – I remade their entire website and ticket registration process, learned API with Google App Script to automagically pull all of the registration information into a Google Sheets “database”, started a new trophy competition, managing the puzzle exchange and making a puzzle for it, and starting what I call “collector card” puzzles – mini puzzles to gift to our attendees made by all different makers – who I contacted to request their donations-as-ads, incidentally selling program ad space to them too It’s been a wild ride, and no wonder it only runs every 2 years!
The best part about attending is getting to play with all the gorgeous wooden and Victorian cut puzzles, and making new puzzle friends!
Well now that you’ve done all the hard part of getting the ticket registration and database stuff done, it should be easy to bump it up to a yearly event instead of every 2 years. Right?
Perfect trophies! Love that they can be assembled as a puzzle. I’m sure it was a labor if love.
Thank you! I did get that $80 that was earmarked for the standard trophies But I definitely consider what I would normally charge for custom puzzle making like this as a donation to the Puzzle Parley!