Introduction: Pear Jigsaw Puzzle
In this Instructable I show you how to make an pear puzzle. After making the apple puzzle I thought it would be fun to try this with more types of fruit.
With a normal knife you can never get the fitting parts round so I had to find a solution for this. After some Google research it turned out that molds are available for cutting puzzles. This would be ideal but unfortunately they are very expensive. It gave me the idea to make my own special tool. This was achieved with an M6 screw and a piece of a can.
Stuff you will need for this project
- A nice fresh pear
- 100 ml of lemon juice
- Empty can
- M6 screw
- Hobby knife
- Stanley knife
- Super glue
Step 1: Making the Special Tool
Because it is almost impossible to cut a round shape from a pear with a knife, I came up with a special tool. You may recognize this from the apple puzzle project.
Cut a piece of about 10 mm x 40 mm from the can. You can also cut out a larger piece and trim it with scissors. Bend the piece of tin around the screw so that it gets a round shape. Secure the piece with super glue. Leave enough (15 mm) protruding at the bottom so that you can poke the pear deep enough.
Step 2: Preparing the Pear
To prevent the pear and the puzzle pieces from turning brown quickly, they are treated with lemon juice. Lemon juice prevents oxidation because it contains citric acid. Grab a bowl and put the lemon juice in it.
From the bottom of the pear I cut with a Stanley knife through the entire pear to the skin. Do this carefully and make sure you don't get through the skin anywhere (except at the bottom).
Step 3: Cutting the Puzzle
Stick the special tool in the pear up to the "back" of the puzzle piece. Then make a corner next to it with the hobby knife and make another fitting piece in the pear with the special tool. Repeat this until the first piece is finished Make sure you go deep enough not past the incision from step 2.
Continue slowly and complete the puzzle piece by piece. Don't try to take the pieces out just yet. This is a lot easier when the puzzle is finished because there is less tension on it.
I chose to make a puzzle of 3 by 3 pieces (middle row 4). The pieces that appear to be next to it are only cut into the skin for visual effect.
Step 4: Remove the Pieces
Carefully remove the pieces using a fork. Immediately dab them in the lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown and place them on a plate. Also treat the pear with lemon juice, use a brush for this. Let the lemon juice work for a few minutes and then pat everything dry with a cloth.
Step 5: Ready!
The pear puzzle is ready. The first time it may be that pieces do not fit properly. Do not push too hard and first look at where the problem is.
Have fun with the pear puzzle!
I am curious about your creations and any additions.
Thanks and see you soon,