Collection: 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

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500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

Doing jigsaw puzzles is an excellent hobby because it is cheap, a lot of fun, lowers stress, and gives your brain a good workout. It also helps reduce screen time!

If you are buying a jigsaw puzzle for the first time, or if it has been years since you last completed a jigsaw, a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle is an ideal starting point for adults.

Lots of adults prefer completing 500-piece jigsaw puzzles as opposed to 1000-piece puzzles. They are often a favourite size because a puzzler can complete four times as many designs in the same time frame, adding variety to their collection.

Not only are 500-piece jigsaws perfect for beginners, but also for adults who want to solve a puzzle that doesn't take too long to finish.

How Long Does a 500 Piece Jigsaw Take to Complete?

Depending on your experience, a 500-piece jigsaw usually takes an adult anywhere between 2 and 7 hours to solve. The time a 500-piece puzzle takes to put together depends on several factors.

Number of sessions

If you intend to finish a jigsaw in several shorter sittings rather than in one long mega-puzzling session, you will likely find the overall time it takes to complete to be faster. Looking at it with fresh eyes over a few sessions prevents the burnout sometimes induced during a long session, and is a factor that can determine how long a puzzle takes to finish.

Design

Not all jigsaw designs are equal. You can't expect to finish a jigsaw that has a single primary colour in the same time frame as a puzzle with a wide range of colours. Some designs are intended to be tricky, such as a plate of beans or brick wall patterns.

A jigsaw design is the main factor that determines how challenging or easy the puzzle is. You can get some incredibly detailed 500-piece puzzle designs that may take longer than seven hours to finish, and some simple designs that users can complete in under two hours.

Mood

Your mood may affect how long it takes you to finish a puzzle. If you're completely absorbed in the activity, you'll probably finish it faster than if you have something else on your mind or feel stressed about other tasks you should be doing. To get the most out of the jigsaw, it is best to solve it when you feel in the mood to do a puzzle and are not doing it to put off less enjoyable chores.

Other factors that may affect how long a 500-piece puzzle takes include stress, interruptions, hand impairments, poor vision, and memory decline.

Unless you want to train for a world jigsaw speed record, the time it takes you to finish a 500-piece puzzle is not especially important. You will probably find you spend a long time finding pieces for some sections of your puzzles; then, suddenly, you will find several pieces quickly.

Jigsaw puzzling is an enjoyable process where simply doing the activity is as much fun as the sense of accomplishment in completing the puzzle.

Advice on Choosing 500 Piece Jigsaws

Many new buyers do not usually think about the best type of 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, but your choice of puzzle is important.

Some 500-piece jigsaws are extremely easy, with bright, distinct topics and colours, while others are extraordinarily intricate with tiny pieces, different shades of the same colour, and elaborate designs. You ideally want a puzzle somewhere in the middle.

Standard Grid Vs. Random Cut

If you haven't done a puzzle for a long time, a standard grid-style cut is a better choice than a random cut. Grid jigsaws tend to have classic jigsaw shapes, and they line up vertically and horizontally.

Random cut jigsaw pieces are irregular with unusually shaped pieces and most likely won't line up. This type of jigsaw is much more complicated than a grid-style puzzle.

Look for a Standard Grid Cut 500pc Jigsaw

To start with, you really want to pick jigsaws that have a standard grid style of cut rather than a random cut. With a grid cut, the pieces tend to follow classic jigsaw shapes, which more or less line up vertically and horizontally up and down the jigsaw which makes it far easier for a beginner.

With a random cut, pieces can be any shape at all, and they don't necessarily line up in any way or even interlock. You probably want to avoid these types of puzzles as a newbie, or at least until you have several jigsaws completed and you're happy with your progress.

Picking A 500 Piece Jigsaw Design

Carefully consider the artwork used for the jigsaw if you don't want to be spending a week or more attempting to complete it. 

Scenery and landscapes are popular designs. However, scenery jigsaws can be problematic for newbies, especially if there is a lot of grass, sea, or sky. While not always appearing complex, these puzzles can be deceiving, so look for something with a design that does not have a lot of the same colour. Very dark jigsaws, especially those with a lot of black, are also exceedingly difficult to complete.

Sticking to a standard rectangular-shaped jigsaw to begin with can help you get into the swing of doing jigsaws without tearing your hair out. Circular and other shaped puzzles are usually harder to put together, as you don't have the four corners as a starting point.

As a beginner, ideally, you can find a design that interests you without being too elaborate. As you do more puzzles, you will soon get to know which types of 500 piece puzzle designs you prefer, or you could upgrade to 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles.

Some puzzlers like to frame their completed puzzles and hang them on the wall. If this is something you plan on doing, you should, of course, choose a jigsaw design that will fit in with your home decor. A bright cartoon-like image could spoil your carefully put-together shabby chic lounge!

How to tackle a 500-piece jigsaw

The more 500-piece jigsaws you solve, the easier it gets. However, when starting, you can follow a process to get the puzzle well underway.

Many proficient puzzlers will start a rectangular jigsaw by separating all the edge pieces because this gives them a frame to work within. You'll need to go through the pieces in the box, making a small pile of pieces with a straight edge. There will be four corners with two straight edges to look out for.

Once you have your pile of edge pieces, choose one of the four corners, and start building your frame. If your first corner has a hole on one side, you know the matching piece to look for will have a tab to place inside the hole. If the corner has a tab, then the next matching piece must have a hole.

Of course, you don't have to start with the edges. You might prefer to pick a piece and then look for matching parts randomly. However, if you are tackling your first 500-piece jigsaw or have taken a long break from the hobby, starting with the edge pieces will make it easier for you. 

After the edges are in place, you can resume the rest of the puzzle anywhere. It is easiest to continue with pieces with a colour or pattern that stand out from the design.

If you feel stuck, spend some time looking at the artwork on the box. Knowing where the different patterns, colours, and design elements are located will go a long way in helping you to solve it. 

You might not be able to find every piece to complete a specific part of the puzzle. If you can't find the right pieces in one area, don't get frustrated; simply move on to the next. 

You don't have to work on a part of the puzzle which fixes directly to the edge. You can pick an element to work on that may not be near the edge, such as a face, vase, or other detail of the image that stands out. 

To complete a 500-piece jigsaw, you simply need to pick out areas of the artwork that stands out to you, even if they don't first join up. It's like creating different parts of a meal; they start out separate, but eventually are placed together to create a full plate.

If you get bored with an area, move on to a more interesting part. The more of the puzzle you complete, the fewer pieces are left, so it is easier to spot the right pieces for the areas you were stuck on.

If you get really stuck, you can classify the leftover pieces. Sort them by the number and placement of holes and tabs to help you find the unused pieces faster.

If you have lots of single colour pieces, you can sort them by the shades of the colour. Even if your puzzle features ample blue sky, you will find parts of the sky are light blue, parts probably almost white, and other parts a darker blue. Sorting pieces in any way that makes sense to you will help you complete the puzzle.

Whatever you do, don't give up! You'll feel a real sense of achievement when you fit in the last piece of the puzzle, and the beautiful artwork is complete.

Art & Fable 500 Piece Puzzles

At Art & Fable, our initial aim on starting the company was to bring attention to the work of hard-working artists. Their artwork consists of beautiful illustrations of forgotten fables. Our approach to accomplish this goal is to create premium quality jigsaws with their art. A portion of every sale goes to charity.

From our unique selection of licenced artwork puzzles, you can choose from beautiful, deeply expressive designs to those that are simply plain fun! 

The Art & Fable team hopes you will enjoy these paintings and illustrated storybook pages converted into luxurious puzzles. The art combined with our distinctive velvet-touch jigsaw puzzle surface is the foundation of our goal: to help charities and artists while providing customers with a fabulous puzzle experience.

Fun Jigsaw Facts

The fastest time to put together a previously unknown 500-piece jigsaw puzzle is 54:10 minutes. Joellen Beifuss from the USA achieved this feat at the US National Jigsaw Puzzle Championships of 1984 in Ohio, USA. The time works out to 6.5 seconds per piece which is astonishingly fast.

The puzzle that holds the world record for the most giant-sized puzzle, although not the most pieces, measured 6,122.68 m² (65,905.17 ft²). It contained 12,320 pieces.

You can buy miniature jigsaw puzzles with pieces that are so small you need to handle them with tweezers. 

German puzzle enthusiast Peter Schubert took four and a half months to complete a 54,000-piece jigsaw only to find he was missing the last piece. Shocked to discover the piece missing, he checked everywhere, including the vacuum cleaner, to no avail. Peter contacted the jigsaw manufacturer, who promptly sent him the missing piece, enabling him to finally complete the 18-square-meter puzzle. His 54,000-piece jigsaw is believed to be among the world's largest giant puzzles.