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Packaging Ceramics for Shipping
Tiki Kaimuki
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Joined: Sep 25, 2006
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From: OAKLAND, baby
Posted: 2012-09-14 10:12 am   Permalink


On 2012-09-13 15:38, MadDogMike wrote:
I worry about foam peanuts. If you put a heavy mug in a box full of light peanuts, the mug will migrate to the bottom where it is protected only by a layer of cardboard. Seems like you need a way to compartmentalize the mug?

I've had two mug losses in all the ones I've shipped and I know why. One shipment didn't have enough peanuts and I should have trusted my instinct. The other I packed too close to another mug and in too small of a box.

The peanuts need to be packed/pushed down. This helps with shifting. When filling around the mug and on top I also push it all down so it's tight. Your box should push back a little when you are closing it for taping. Everyone seems to have their own preferences, so whatever works for you is the best way.


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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2012-09-14 4:43 pm   Permalink

Ditto Swanky...I think having the address inside is good too (I seldom do that but need to think about it in the future) and I too tape over the address to avoid smudging, etc.

MDM...I know that bottle will be in one piece!!!
"Oh waiter, another cocktail please!!!"

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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2012-09-20 6:48 pm   Permalink

MDM is the master of many things...packing being one of them. I opened the "fragile" box from Mike and my beautiful VampTiki bottle was all in one piece.

IT IS GORGEOUS...hugs hugs Mike, you are truly a Tiki talent!!! Will post a picture of it once I get my lounge straightened up (got a little work to do before the Sac Crawl).
"Oh waiter, another cocktail please!!!"

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Joined: Feb 04, 2006
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From: So Cal-holic
Posted: 2012-09-20 7:26 pm   Permalink

For what it's worth...

I recently mailed (USPS) a bunch of fragile items.
The postmaster asked the usual "Is it liquid, fragile, or perishable?" I said "Fragile! Very Fragile." I then asked what difference it made, ie; do they treat it any differently? He shrugged his shoulders and let out a little laugh and said, "Nope! Just hope the monkeys in the back see it and treat it with care." He then slapped the postage label on it and THREW it into a bin!!
On a second trip, I asked another postmaster the same question. She said "Nope" as well. She also added that most of the boxes go on conveyor belts and through machines that scan them. If your box happens to be on the bottom of a bin and a heavier box drops on it.... well, you know the rest of the story...

I also learned recently that it is illegal to send booze through the USPS because they use commercial jets to transport the mail and do not want potentially flammable liquid on board. However, UPS and FedX will ship it because they use their own carriers. Go figure.....

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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-11-03 07:23 am   Permalink

Here's another packing method I use occasionally with spray expanding foam.

I started by lining the box with styrofoam, just because I had it handy. That decreases the amount of spray foam I need and decreases curing time. I sprayed a layer of foam into the bottom of the box

Then I put a plastic trash bag over the foam carefully covering all the wet foam. The foam is going to expand, you don't want it to expand up over the bag and get on your ceramic piece. I set the pieces on the bag over the foam, the foam expands up around the pieces and locks them in place.

After 24 hours of curing time, I pulled the bag over the ceramics and filled in some spray foam around the sides. Remember not to fill it completely full as it will expand. (this picture was taken after the foam expanded)

Locked into place and ready to ship

You'll notice that there is protection on the sides and bottom but no foam over the top. I usually put another piece of styrofoam over the top but don't have room here so I'll put a couple of layers of cardboard over it


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From: Boulder City, Nevada
Posted: 2012-11-25 09:54 am   Permalink

Good thread.

Of all the dozens of mugs I've shipped over the last few years, I've only had one that didn't make it intact. The double-boxing and packing was all very thorough, but I didn't place strong enough packing between multiple mugs, so the mugs knocked into each other during the bumpy over-the-Atlantic air trip. Now I always compartmentalize multiple mugs with a strong cardboard barriers.

Here's a Fragile sticker sheet I made for fun - feel free to use:

(Let me know if you want the higher-res version.)

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Posted: 2016-03-08 7:42 pm   Permalink

I recently had a mug I sold on eBay break in transit. I asked the recipient to take a lot of pictures showing the box, packing, and contents, and filed a claim with the USPS since I had sent it priority mail which includes $50 insurance (mug sold for $30). I wasn't expecting anything, as I'd read that they had a history of never paying out. Imagine my surprise when a check for the full amount showed up in the email less than a week later!

I had packed it with plenty of bubble wrap and packing peanuts, and apparently that was enough for the USPS to consider it well packed. Who'd a thunk?

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