Today's post focuses on some typical bad packing examples & solutions.
"For shipping multiple small items in a large box, sub-divide the box into compartments to prevent movement," says, Leila Hamdan.
A necklace could be wrapped in tissue so beads will not hit each other, then placed in a small box.
This custom-made shipping design for my necklace uses a piece of cardboard covered in flannel. Seam binding glued to the flannel holds the necklace in place with loops. The necklace is tied onto the flannel. A couple of dollars of materials creates a shipping solution, preventing movement during shipping is the goal.
Always plan for the rough & tumble of shipping. Expect your box to be shipped sideways or upside down.
This photo (left above) was from Leila Hamdam's lecture HORROR STORIES: Packing and Shipping Recommendations for Artists. Yes, the artwork arrived damaged!
Kim Cridler protects individual elements in plastic baggies. Then offers further protection by shipping the small elements in recycled plastic packaging. Her lecture, Shipping Large Sculpture, will be posted soon.
More information about shipping is coming soon.
Do you have photos of shipping disasters you want to share?
Or do you need a solution for how to create a custom shipping box?
Bar Code Identity Necklace by Harriete Estel Berman
This post was updated on April 9, 2022, to provide current links.