When transporting fragiles, vases, or sculptures either find the best movers possible with the most experience, or use these helpful tips to insure a safe trip.
PACKING FRAGILES, VASES, STATUES
VASES AND STATUES¬†¬†
First, find a box that is 1/3 to ¬Ĺ larger than the piece being packed.¬† Plenty of room on the sides is also critical for the safety of the piece.¬† Mark the box ‚ÄúFragile‚ÄĚ in large letters on 2 sides (not top or bottom) of the box.¬† If applicable, mark the box ‚Äúthis end up‚ÄĚ if the piece warrants it.
Fill the bottom ¬ľ of the box with packing peanuts or wadded newsprint.¬† Then wrap the item with either bubble wrap or 3 ply paper pads cut to the correct size.¬† Remember if the piece is delicate and has thin handles or decorations do not wrap tightly as it will break the handles, etc.¬† Stand the item up in the box and fill with peanuts or newsprint all the way to the top.¬† Make sure the box is tight and has no rattle or movement when shaken.¬† If there is more than 1 item within the box, list the exact number of pieces in the box, and a description of each.¬† For instance, if a vase has a small top or lid it can be easily be missed and discarded with the packing materials if not identified properly. ¬†A descriptive inventory on the box or a sheet of paper helps account for parts or accessories.¬†
FRAGILES: ¬†(like figurines, etc)
If durable enough, follow the same rules as with vases and statues.¬† If they are smaller items, pack into a smaller box 6‚ÄĚ to 10 ‚Äúwith other smalls making sure to give ample room between.¬† List the items within on the outside of the small box.¬† Take multiple small boxes and pack them in a larger carton marked fragile.¬† Use a packing peanut or newsprint base, packing peanuts or newsprint around and in between the smaller boxes and all the way to the top of the large carton.¬† This will give double protection for your pieces.¬† Remember to never wrap thin or delicate items tightly as they will fracture under the strain.
¬†With any type of vases, statues, or fragiles, if you have the original Styrofoam form fitting box, it is always the best option.¬† When purchasing such items, keep the box and store it, you will be happy in the future that you did.¬†
If the items in question are extremely valuable or delicate crating may be necessary.¬† Crating is the use of a made to order plywood container for shipping.¬† Long distance moves are another area where crating is a good idea.¬† This is definitely a time to contact a professional mover with experience in the field.
These tips should assist in making sure that your fragile items can be shipped from point A to point B without incident.