Ravensburger 32,000 piece Keith haring puzzle – Mounting on the wall

After completing the Ravensburgere 32,000+ piece Keith Haring puzzle, I next had to decide what to do with it.  At over 17 feet x 6 feet, there were very few spots it was going to fit, so I decided to dedicate one wall of my basement to the puzzle.  The first problem was how to secure the puzzle in such a way that it woudl be mountable on the wall.  Complicating this is the fact that once you glue the puzzle, it shrinks, so if you glue the pieces individually, they would no longer fit together.  However there was no way I could manage putting the whole puzzle together on the floor then mounting it, especially since I needed to make cut-outs for the window, electrical outlets and speakers.

In the end, I decided on a compromise.  I put the first half together and glued the front face.  I did the second half in sections, but left the edges unglued (hoping that would allow the sections to fit together).  I used MasterPieces puzzle glue on the front.  Each five ounce bottle says its will cover 2,000 pieces, but I stretched it to about 2,500 – 3,000.  I ended up using about a dozen bottles to cover the front face.  And at $5.50 a bottle it cost me almost $70.00 just on glue.  I did not glue the back.  Instead I used contact paper.  I needed two large rolls to cover the whole puzzle.

The first step was to glue the front.  When that dried, I flipped the puzzle over and applied contact paper to the back.

Ravensburger 32,000 piece puzzle - Mounting - Contact Paper on the back

Sometimes during the flip, the edges would come apart, since they were not glued, but I was able to easily reassemble the pieces (even from the back).  Once the sections were all flipped and the backs covered with contact paper, the next step was to measure the location of the cutouts.  This was complicated by the fact that niether cieling nor wall was completely level.  So I had to measure carefully, and remeasure as I went along.

Ravensburger 32,000 piece puzzle - Mounting - Cutouts

The first section I mounted had a very large cutout for a window.  I measured this and removed the window section before actually gluing and applying contact paper.  This left a rough (puzzle) edge, with the puzzle pieces overlapping the openning just a teeny bit.  Interesting effect.  Mounting the large section took three people, but was not a s hard as I thought it would be.  I secured the puzzle to the wall using finishing nails, which placed in the black lines, were barely visible.

Ravensburger 32,000 piece puzzle - half mounted

I then decided to cut a straight line for the bottom of the window.

window edge

After mounting the first half (as a single unit), I proceeded to mount each 4,000 piece section one at a time, measuring the cut-outs as I went.

Ravensburger 32,000 piece puzzle - 5/8 mounted

Ravensburger 32,000 piece puzzle - Fully mounted

With the puzzle fully mounted, even the dog got into the picture.  Success!  We are the 6th entry in the Largest Jigsaw Puzzle Hall of Fame:

 

 

 

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