Pear Jigsaw Puzzle

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Introduction: Pear Jigsaw Puzzle

About: I am New Pew, I create electronic projects and share these creations on my YouTube channel. In every video I mainly show how you can make these innovative creations yourself! There is a description of each pro…

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.

Challenges

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.

An pear quickly turns brown when you cut it. The solution was lemon juice. Lemon juice prevents oxidation because it contains citric acid. Citric acid is a powerful oxidant.

Video tutorial


Stuff you will need for this project

  • A nice fresh pear
  • 100 ml of lemon juice
  • Empty can
  • M6 screw
  • Hobby knife
  • Stanley knife
  • Fork
  • Super glue
  • Brush

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!

Video tutorial

I am curious about your creations and any additions.

Thanks and see you soon,

New Pew

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    6 Comments

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    giadap1
    giadap1

    10 months ago on Step 5

    I love it! Well done :)

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    ClareBS
    ClareBS

    10 months ago

    Amazing, stunning, beautiful! So well done!

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    adbkwhitley
    adbkwhitley

    10 months ago

    Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?!?! Well done!

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    triumphman
    triumphman

    11 months ago

    I thought it was real wood ! It would be cool as a wood puzzle ! But how to do it ????

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    duncanis
    duncanis

    Reply 10 months ago

    Right? I'm afraid if I did this, lots of pears would be killed in the learning process. :-D

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    hiero63
    hiero63

    11 months ago on Step 5

    was thinking this would be cool to do for thanksgiving or Christmas by carving a pumpkin like this.