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When you are moving to a new place and especially a new country, your fine artworks, paintings, and statues pose great difficulty as they are delicate, vulnerable, and pose a great risk of damage which can make you lose thousands of dollars.
Great care is required when it comes to moving these delicate pieces and thus hiring a professional fine art shipping company is a must. These professionals know it very well how to ensure the safe arrival of your fine arts and statues. But if you have taken it upon yourself to pack them, follow these tips.
This is the first thing you need to discuss with your fine art moving company. If you have some valuable possessions, ask for some extra insurance based on the values of the sculptures and fine arts and not their weight.
Packing artworks and prints
The first step towards starting packing your items is to buy the right packing materials. Buy only the high-quality materials and flat picture boxes which must be 3-4 inches larger than your paintings.
How to pack?
• If you are packing the glass cover paintings, mark an X with masking tape so that if the glass gets broken, it will not move much and will not cause other damage.
• If the paintings and prints are not glass-covered, wrap them with lots of palette wrap. You can also use kitchen wrap.
• In order to save the valuable frame of your paintings, use corner protectors after the cling wrap.
• You need lots of bubble wrap for wrapping the paintings both horizontally and vertically to provide them enough padding.
• In the bottom of the box, lay wadded newsprint to pad the bottoms and then place the painting in it. After the bottoms, pad the sides and top of the paintings.
• After you are done, move your painting back and forth and check if it is moving. If it moves, add some more padding until it stops shifting.
• Now seal the box and label it as “fragile”. And, you are done.
A sculpture, be it large or small, poses an entirely different challenge in packing them. The small extended parts and holes are vulnerable and require special care.
How to pack?
• Wrap the small parts with a cling wrap. Fill all the small places to provide them support.
• Then wrap the bubble wrap around the small parts and once they are sufficiently padded, move on to the larger parts.
• Once it is done, place some padding at the bottom of the box and place the sculptures carefully. Be generous in padding the entire sides of the <5h>sculpture inside the box.
• Then seal it and label it as “fragile”.
Packing a small sculpture is easier when compared to the sculptures that are several feet large and are heavy-weight. They need wooden boxes and crates for packing. If you have plaster molds that are not heavy, you can use single-walled boxes with lots of bubble wrap.
These packing tips will help you a lot in packing your valuable possessions. Though, it is advised to hire a professional fine art moving company so that you can get rid of any worries concerning your fine arts and sculptures.