Photographs and other graphic materials custom cut into interlocking puzzle shapes to construct a collage- puzzle

  • US 5,865,928 A
  • Filed: 08/05/1997
  • Issued: 02/02/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/08/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. Method of manufacturing collage puzzle pieces comprising the steps of:

  • (a) providing a template having a plurality of channels in the form of line perforations, the channels being shaped and located so as to define patterns of a plurality of puzzle pieces, said channels being interrupted at selected locations so that at least one portion of each puzzle piece pattern is connected to at least one adjacent puzzle piece pattern;

    (b) mounting at least one selected graphic art object on an adhesive-coated substrate so as to form a workpiece;

    (c) assembling the workpiece and the template so that the template overlies the graphic art object;

    (d) drawing a cutting blade along the full length of each channel defining a selected puzzle piece pattern so as to cut the underlying workpiece along lines conforming to the shape and location of said selected puzzle piece pattern, whereby to form a connected puzzle piece in said workpiece that is characterized by said selected puzzle piece pattern;

    (e) separating the template from the workpiece;

    (f) using a cutting blade to sever said connected puzzle piece from said workpiece; and

    (g) repeating steps (a) to (f) using the same template but workpieces that comprise different graphic arts objects, with each repetition of said step (d) involving a different selected puzzle piece pattern, whereby a plurality of different puzzle pieces are formed.

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