The worries of shipping your ceramics constantly run into your mind especially if you don’t know how to properly pack one. We can’t blame ourselves to think about the worst because ceramics are indeed a fragile thing that needs to be carefully taken care of. But cast your worries away because in this article, we are going to teach you how to pack your ceramics the right way to survive shipping.
With lots of tips and tricks to pack ceramics, the most common yet effective one is probably using two layers of boxes for a more secure fit. The box is then filled with packing peanuts to protect the ceramic inside from blows and other kinds of crashes and such. Anyways, we are going to expand this method after the first one below.
- Before anything else, identify fragile areas such as the handles, spouts, lips, or anything that requires extra padding. Grab a bubble wrap and fold two 12-inch sections of it and use a stretch wrap or painter’s tape to tightly secure them around the fragile areas. Never use packing tape directly on the ceramic as this may leave adhesive residue once you tear it apart. Packing tape also mars bubble wrap, rendering it nonreusable.
- Now that you’re done, cover the entire ceramic with 3 to 5 layers of bubble wrap. For larger ones, it may need 5 to 7 layers for extra protection. Bubbles must face the ceramic so that it compresses air inside to provide extra protection. After that, secure the entire thing with a stretch wrap.
Double Boxing with Packing Peanuts
- When you opt on using packing peanuts to secure your piece, make sure that it covers the entire sides of the ceramic and fill the entire box. For extremely fragile, and expensive ceramic equipment, you may need to double the box for extra protection. Most broken shipments are often caused by the sender not using double boxes for packing.
- Most package delivery companies suggest that a minimum of 2-3 inches of foam peanuts should be filled on all sides of the inner box. Secure the box using packing tape. Small boxes only need a single strip of tape along the top and bottom. While bigger boxes, on the other hand, requires extra layers of tape for a tighter and secure seal.