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Tenyo Glass Puzzles

Established in 1960 in Japan, Tenyo is a company specializing in magic materials, jigsaw puzzles, toys, and novelty goods. They began selling stained glass-style jigsaw puzzles in 2005.

How are stained glass-style jigsaw puzzles different?

Typically, jigsaw puzzles are made from cardboard. The pieces in glass puzzles are translucent plastic; when held up to the light, they resemble stained glass. In addition, many of the puzzle designs are based on the structure of a stained glass window. These kinds of windows create pictures and scenes by fitting together pieces of glass using lead strips. The designs on these puzzles have that kind of composition; people and things are designed to look like they are assembled out of smaller pieces.

What are the box contents of a Tenyo puzzle?

Inside the box the puzzle comes in is usually a bag containing the puzzle pieces and a missing piece form. Should you find you've lost any pieces, this form can be used to order replacements so that the puzzle can be completed.

With what images are these types of Tenyo puzzles available?

This brand from Japan specializes in glass jigsaw puzzles with Disney themes. Images may have:

  • A particular character: Designs may showcase a single character such as Mickey Mouse, Ariel from "The Little Mermaid," or Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
  • Compilations of different character families: Some puzzles show a mix of many characters who did not appear in the same film or story. They may feature vignettes of various princesses such as Snow White, Belle, and Cinderella, combine depictions from different stories such as "Peter Pan," "The Jungle Book," and "Pinocchio," or have characters like Lilo and Stitch appear alongside Minnie Mouse and Chip and Dale.
  • Scenes from specific movies: Beauty waltzing with the Beast and Aladdin and Jasmine flying on a magic carpet are some of the movie scenes that have been turned into jigsaw puzzles.
  • Unifying themes: There are designs based on a central motif such as Disney characters who are all villains or heroines.
How many pieces are in Tenyo jigsaw puzzles?

Tenyo glass puzzles can be simple or complex, depending on how many pieces they have. The more pieces the puzzle has, the more complex the final result. These puzzles from Japan can come with the following total pieces:

  • 266
  • 456
  • 500
  • 1000
  • 2000
  • 4000
Can you glue together a Tenyo jigsaw puzzle?

After completing your puzzle, you may decide to you want keep it assembled permanently. This can be done by gluing the finished puzzle together. You can use regular school glue, but glues made especially for this purpose can also be found.

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