Packaging Policy

Guidelines for packaging of original artworks

Proper packaging of artwork is the single most relevant factor in delivering your item to its intended recipient (buyer) in good condition. The package should reach its destination in the same condition as it left the seller. During the course of transit, your artwork may pass through different hands and climatic conditions, so there may be a chance of physical damage occurring to your artwork. Hence, the Artists must pay special attention to the proper package of paintings. The sellers are obligated to follow the following guidelines while packaging your artwork for shipping.

1 Reasons for the damage artwork during shipment

  • The most common reason for the damage to artwork while in transit had sound to be instances of advance scraping of the artwork’s surface due to inept wrapping and padding. The artwork ought to be wrapped with an acid-free archival quality glassine paper and then should be swathed in bubble-wrap to ensure the protection of the delicate surface.

  • The artworks that are loose inside the corrugated box will usually get damaged due to movement within the box. If the artwork is not properly padded or stabilized, then the friction occurred inside the package due to rapid movement will lead to the damage of the artwork. The most likely reasons behind damage to the corners of flat artwork are improper padding within the packaging boxes.

  • While in transit, the artworks maybe subjected to the gravitational pressure from the weight of other heavy objects being stacked on top of its packaging, as well as, also being accidentallydropped from nearly 3-4 feet. So, the seller must ensure that the outer packing of the artwork is solid or durable and that the inner packing provides enough padding and buffering to guarantee damage free handling while being roughly handled during transporting or shipping.

“Dos” and “don’ts” while using packing materials

Dos:

  • Bubble Wrap
    • Cover the artwork with at least two layers of bubble wrap and secure it with tape. The covering of bubble wrap will absorb any pressure and force across wide area in an even manner and diminish chances of damage.

    • Bubble wrapping does dual jobs it act as the padding and filler for your artwork android prevents the unnecessary movements inside the package.

  • High quality plastic tape dispenser Use only high quality plastic tapes regularly.
    • This tape ensures the outer package remains tightly closed throughout the shipment.

    • When high quality tape is wrapped tightly around the artwork, it prevents any moisture from entering the package thus reducing chances of water damage.

    • High quality tape is more efficient to apply and easier to separate from the roll which saves time.

    • Why the low quality tape is not used?
    • Low quality tapes are very hard to apply to the outer packing.

    • It takes more time and effort while packing.

    • While shipping, there is a chance of breakage of this tape.

    • It may not be sticky enough to hold the package covering throughout the shipping.

    • You have to use more of it to get the job done.

    • Glassine (Acid free archival paper)
    • We highly recommend that the seller stock and use glassine that if infused in water yields a neutral or basic pH greater than 7. Hence, acid free archival paper is essential to wrapping your artwork. If the artwork had any contact with foreign items, then there are greater chances of chemical interactions with those items. In order to prevent that, acid free archival paper is the best solution.

    • Even though there are many other types of archival papers are available, it is highlypreferable for the sellers to use glassine. It is accessible in most of the art supply, craft or frame stores.

    • Foam Board
    • A strong backing is essential for all the flat artworks; and using foam board is the best option to make it possible. Sandwich the artwork between two sheets of foam board, which should in turn, be 3 inches longer on all sides than the artwork.

    • This provides both padding and durability for the package, which will give better protection and storage for all the flat artworks.

    • Edge or Corner Protectors
    • We recommend artists to use cardboard corner protectors while packing flatartworks. Corner protectors may be made using cardboard or bought from any hardware store.

    • During shipping, the corners of flat artworks can get damage so it is essential to make sure that the edge protectors are used on each corners of the flat artwork.

    • PVC Pipes or heavy duty mailing tubes
    • During transportation, the shipping tubes can easily bend and spoil the artwork. Sellers are encouraged to use high-end quality mailing tubes, which have two inner tubes and one external, to prevent artwork from bending.

    • If the artwork is particularly larger than usual, then it is strongly recommend that PVC pipes be used for mailing. These pipes are readily available at all local hardware shops.

SIGNIFICANT ADVICE: Are you worried about paying cash on quality packing materials? Kindly keep in mind that using low quality packing materials will cost you more if your artwork is damaged during transit.

Don’ts:

  • Styrofoam Peanuts

    Foam packing peanuts are inconvenient to use for those who have to unpack and re-pack artwork. Furthermore, it will not ensure stability and adequate padding for the artwork during shipping. Do not use foam packing peanuts.

  • Pre-owned filler (newspaper, magazine pages, plastic bags, etc.)

    Do not use pre-owned fillers for wrapping and packing the artworks with newspapers, magazine ages or plastic market bags, etc. It does not provide adequate protection for the artwork, moreover, it provides the collector with a bad impression and looks unprofessional.

  • Non-archival tissue paper

    Do not use non-archival tissue papers for wrapping or packing your artwork. Anything which comes in direct contact with the artwork which is below pH neutrality (acidic in nature), may spoil the artwork.

  • Waste bin bags

    Do not use the garbage bin bags to pack the artwork. Cushbu maintains a certain standar concerning artwork sold through them; hence, it is paramount for the artwork collectors to be confident in their decision to buy the artwork. So using any second-hand filler or any other garbage bin bags for shipping is strictly prohibited.

The right time to begin packaging for shipment

Please ensure that the supplies required for packing the artwork are available at the moment whenthe artwork has been sold. Begin with the packing process as soon as the sale has been finalized, andat least two days before the designated courier pick-up time. If the sellers are asked to build a customwooden crate then they shall start as soon as possible. If the packing is carried out in a rushed mannerright before the delivery date, then unforeseen events may throw the seller off-schedule and causemistakes in the packing work, or shall lead to the courier pick-up time being missed or delayed. Properpacking requires time.

2 Paintings

Significant advice: Consistently make sure that your artwork is dried completely beforepacking it for the shipment. Print may appear dry, when it’s not. Always keep in mind that ourinsurance will not cover damage to paintings as a result of shipping before the painting iscompletely dry.

Paintings smaller than 48” X 48”

Artworks which are 48’’ in length on any of the sides should be cased or boxed.
The materials you required for packing:

  • Glassine paper or acid-free archival tissue paper

  • Plastic sheeting, poly wrap, or heavy plastic bag

  • Bubble wrap

  • Foam board at least ½” thick

  • Packing tape

  • Cardboard corner protectors or two-ply cardboard

  • Corrugated box

  • Follow the procedure while packing
    • 1 st step: We suggest you to wrap the painting in glassine or acid-free archival tissue paper andascertain that the surface of the artwork does not come in contact with other materials. It isstrongly advised that the seller wear clean cotton gloves while packing the artwork, because thereis a higher chance of getting dirt on the artwork when it is packed while bare handed.

    • 2 nd Step: Fold four square pieces of glassine twice diagonally to create small triangle pockets. The corners of the painting should be placed into the diagonal pockets to provide extra protection.

    • 3 rd Step: Secure the triangle pockets to the artwork by taping them onto the glassine corners.

    • 4 th Step: Place the wrapped artwork onto foam base or cardboard and tape glassine wrapped artwork to foam base or cardboard.

    • 5 th Step: Place artwork in plastic sheeting or a heavy plastic bag to protect it against moisture.

    • 6 th Step: Use packing tape to seal all areas where water may enter and cover the artwork in at least two layers of bubble wrap and secure it with tape.

    • 7 th Step: Add cardboard protectors to each corner of the artwork.

    • 8 th Step: Sandwich the artwork between two sheets of foam board of cardboards which is three inches larger on all sides than the artwork.

    • 9 th Step: Tape the outer layers of foam board together and box it up!

    • 10 th Step: Securely tape box shut.

Paintings larger than 48 X 48

Artworks which are larger than 48” on any side should be boxed. The required materials are listed below.

    • Glassine paper or acid-free archival tissue paper

    • Plastic sheeting, poly wrap, or plastic bag

    • Bubble wrap

    • Foam board at least ½” thick or two-ply cardboard

    • Packing tape

    • Cardboard corner protectors

    • Custom-made wooden box (See section 5 – “Packing artwork in a wooden box”)

  • Follow the procedure while packing
    • 1 st step: We suggest you to wrap the painting in glassine or acid-free archival tissue paper andascertain that the surface of the artwork does not come in contact with other materials. It isstrongly advised that the seller wear clean cotton gloves while packing the artwork, because thereis a higher chance of getting dirt on the artwork when it is packed while bare handed.

    • 2 nd Step: Fold four square pieces of glassine twice diagonally to create small triangle pockets. The corners of the painting should be placed into the diagonal pockets to provide extra protection.

    • 3 rd Step: Secure the triangle pockets to the artwork by taping them onto the glassine corners.

    • 4 th Step: Place the wrapped artwork onto foam base or cardboard and tape glassine wrapped artwork to foam base or cardboard.

    • 5 th Step: Place artwork in plastic sheeting or a heavy plastic bag to protect it against moisture.

    • 6 th Step: Use packing tape to seal all areas where water may enter and cover the artwork in at least two layers of bubble wrap and secure it with tape.

    • 7 th Step: Add cardboard protectors to each corner of the artwork.

    • 8 th Step: Sandwich the artwork between two sheets of foam board of cardboards which is three inches larger on all sides than the artwork.

    • 9 th Step: Then, make a wooden box and seal your painting in it. The instructions to make the wooden crate is explained in section 5 “How to pack artwork in a wooden box?”

Framed Paintings

The required materials are listed below.

  • Glassine paper or acid-free archival tissue paper

  • Plastic sheeting or poly wrap

  • Bubble wrap

  • Painters tape (if packing a glass frame)

  • Cardboard corner protectors

  • Cardboard corner protectors

  • Packing tape

  • Foam board at least ½” thick or two-ply cardboard

  • Shredded or wadded white paper

  • Very sturdy cardboard box if framed artwork is under 18”x24”

  • Custom wooden crate if framed artwork is larger than 18”x24”

  • Follow the procedure while packing
    • 1 st Step: Build a strong cardboard or corrugated box which can fit your framed artwork. Even after the painting is placed into a cardboard box, it should have three inches of space on all sides of the painting to ensure that it can be wrapped with bubble wrapper before being placed in the box.

    • 2 nd Step: If your framed artwork has a protective glass or acrylic sheet, then you have to remove it from the frame. If you do not have any protective glass, then you can skip to Step 4.

    • 3 rd Step: Paste two pieces of painters tape cross-wise across the glass/acrylic sheet to form a big “X”. Even if the glass breaks during the shipment, the tape will keep all the broken pieces together. Sandwich the glass or acrylic sheet between two sheets of foam board or cardboard, which is two inches larger than glass on all sides of the artwork. Rigidly seal the sandwiched foam board with the packing tape all around and ascertain that the glass/ acrylic sheet does not shift around within.

    • 4 th Step: Cover-up the painting in acid-free, archival tissue paper or glassine and ensure that the surface of artwork does not come in contact with other materials.

    • 5 th Step: Place artwork in plastic sheeting or a heavy plastic bag to protect it against moisture.

    • 6 th Step: Add cardboard protectors to each corner of the artwork. If you do not want to buy corner- protectors then you can easily make them at home. Browse different online resources to learn how to make them.

    • 7 th Step: Cover-up the painting with layers of bubble wrapper and use packing tape to protect it.

    • If your framed painting is larger than 18”x24”, then you should build a wooden case and should place the painting into it.

    • If your framed painting is below 18”x24”, then follow the guidelines below.

    • 8 th Step: Sandwich the artwork between two sheets of foam board of cardboards and tape all around the way to secure it.

    • 9 th Step: Keep it inside a rigid corrugated box, and fill the empty spaces around the artwork with shredded papers to make it immovable inside the box. Seal the box with the packing tape, reinforcing the corners.

    • 10 th Step: Attach the shipping label to the package and tape it with packing tape so it doesn’t tear while shipping. Take a black marker pen and write on the top “FRAGILE” in block letters and also write “KEEP UPRIGHT, DO NOT LAY FLAT” on the flat surface.

Rolled Canvas Paintings

The paintings on canvas up to 72”x72” are rolled and shipped in a heavy mailing tube between 8” and 12” diameter. If the painting is larger than 72”x72”, then it is recommended that PVC pipes be used. They are available at all local hardware shops. Make sure that your painting is completely dry before trying to roll it.

  • Follow the procedure while packing
    • Glassine paper or acid-free archival tissue paper

    • Heavy-duty mailing tube with plastic end caps no smaller than 8” in diameter and up to 12” (depending on the size of your canvas).

    • A second tube of smaller diameter for inner support. (You will roll your artwork face out around this tube and insert it inside the larger tube.)

    • Packing tape

    • Bubble wrap

  • Follow the procedure while packing
    • 1 st Step: Cover the front and sides of artwork in acid-free archival quality glassine paper.

    • 2 nd Step: Place front of the work upward and use smaller inner tube to begin rolling.

    • 3 rd Step: Tape the glassine-wrapped artwork to the inner tube.

    • 4 th Step: To prevent creasing, gently roll the artwork by the ends of the tube.

    • 5 th Step: Tape glassine paper to secure.

    • 6 th Step: Roll the artwork in at least two layers of bubble wrap.

    • 7 th Step: Carefully slide wrapped work into a tube and secure with end caps.

    • 8 th Step: Place this tube into a heavy mailing tube.

    • 9 th Step: Insert bubble wrap on both ends of the tube.

    • 10 th Step: Place caps on tube ends and tape thoroughly.

    • 11 th Step: Mark the package as “FRAGILE” in block letters on the tube.

Flat artworks (i.e. photographs, drawings, watercolors, printmakingwork, collages, etc.) Flat artworks under 48” x 48”

The artworks, which are under 48”, should be boxed. The required materials are listed below.

  • Glassine paper or acid-free archival tissue paper

  • Plastic sheeting, poly wrap, or plastic bag

  • Foam board at least ½” thick or two-ply cardboard

  • Bubble wrap or shredded/wadded clean white paper

  • Packing tape

  • Follow the procedure while packing
    • 1 st step: We suggest you to wrap the painting in glassine or acid-free archival tissue paper and ascertain that the surface of the artwork does not come in contact with other materials. It is strongly advised that the seller wear clean cotton gloves while packing the artwork, because there is a higher chance of getting dirt on the artwork when it is packed while bare handed.

    • 2 nd Step: Fold four square pieces of glassine twice diagonally to create small triangle pockets. The corners of the painting should be placed into the diagonal pockets to provide extra protection.

    • 3 rd Step: Secure the triangle pockets to the artwork by taping them onto the glassine corners.

    • 4 th Step: Place the wrapped artwork onto foam base or cardboard and tape glassine wrapped artwork to foam base or cardboard.

    • 5 th Step: Place artwork in plastic sheeting or a heavy plastic bag to protect it against moisture.

    • 6 th Step: Sandwich the artwork between two sheets of foam board of cardboards, of at least ½” inches thickness, which is three inches larger on all sides than the artwork. Use packing tape to bind the foam board sandwich together. Add extra tapes to the corner for reinforcement. Make sure that the sides are taped down strongly to guarantee that artwork does not move around in it.

    • 7 th Step: Keep the foam board-covered artwork into a cardboard box with a space of approximately three inches on all sides, so we can fill the empty space with bubble wrap to ensure that the artwork doesn’t shift around within.

    • 8 th Step: Then, make a wooden box and seal your painting in it. The instructions to make the wooden crate is explained in section 5 “How to pack artwork in a wooden box?”

Flat artworks larger than 48” x 48”

The artworks, which are above 48” on any one side, should be boxed. The required materials are listed below.

  • Acid-free archival tissue paper or glassine paper

  • Plastic sheeting or poly wrap

  • Bubble wrap

  • Foam board at least ½” thick or two-ply cardboard

  • Cutting tool of your choice to cut cardboard to size

  • Packing tape

  • Artists who sell Prints:-
    • 1 st step: We suggest you to wrap the painting in glassine or acid-free archival tissue paper and ascertain that the surface of the artwork does not come in contact with other materials. It is strongly advised that the seller wear clean cotton gloves while packing the artwork, because there is a higher chance of getting dirt on the artwork when it is packed while bare handed.

    • 2 nd Step: Fold four square pieces of glassine twice diagonally to create small triangle pockets. The corners of the painting should be placed into the diagonal pockets to provide extra protection.

    • 3 rd Step: Secure the triangle pockets to the artwork by taping them onto the glassine corners.

    • 4 th Step: Place the wrapped artwork onto foam base or cardboard and tape glassine wrapped artwork to foam base or cardboard.

    • 5 th Step: Place artwork in plastic sheeting or a heavy plastic bag to protect it against moisture.

    • 6 th Step: Sandwich the artwork between two sheets of foam board of cardboards, at least ½” inches thickness, which is three inches larger on all sides than the artwork. Use packing tape to bind the foam board sandwich together. Add extra tapes to the corner for reinforcement. Make sure that the sides are taped down strongly to protect that artwork does not move around in it.

    • 7 th Step: Then, make a wooden box and seal your painting in it. The instructions to make the wooden crate is explained in section 5 “How to pack artwork in a wooden box?”

Framed Flat Artwork

Conform the guidelines which are framed flat artwork of any size. Nevertheless, if your framed artwork is larger than 18”X24”, then you need to refer “How to pack artwork in a wooden box?”. The required materials are listed below.

  • Acid-free archival tissue paper or glassine paper

  • Plastic sheeting or poly wrap

  • Bubble wrap

  • Painters tape (if packing a glass frame)

  • Cardboard corner protectors

  • Packing tape

  • Foam board at least ½” thick or two-ply cardboard

  • Shredded or wadded white paper

  • Very sturdy cardboard box if artwork is under 18”x24”

  • Custom wooden crate if artwork is over 18”x24”

  • Follow the procedure while packing
    • 1 st Step: Build a strong cardboard or corrugated box which can fit your framed artwork. Even after the painting is placed into a cardboard box, it should have three inches of space on all sides of the painting to ensure that it can be wrapped with bubble wrapper before being placed in the box.

    • 2 nd Step: If your framed artwork has a protective glass or acrylic sheet, then you have to remove it from the frame. If you do not have any protective glass, then you can skip to Step 4.

    • 3 rd Step: Paste two pieces of painters tape cross-wise across the glass/acrylic sheet to form a big “X”. Even if the glass breaks during the shipment, the tape will keep all the broken pieces together. Sandwich the glass or acrylic sheet between two sheets of foam board or cardboard, which is two inches larger than glass on all sides of the artwork. Rigidly seal the sandwiched foam board with the packing tape all around and ascertain that the glass/ acrylic sheet does not shift around within.

    • 4 th Step: Cover-up the painting in acid-free, archival tissue paper or glassine and ensure that the surface of artwork does not come in contact with other materials.

    • 5 th Step: Place artwork in plastic sheeting or a heavy plastic bag to protect it against moisture.

    • 6 th Step: Add cardboard protectors to each corner of the artwork. If you do not want to buy corner-protectors then you can easily make them at home. Browse different online resources to learn how to make them.

    • 7 th Step: Cover-up the painting with layers of bubble wrapper and use packing tape to protect it.

    • If your framed painting is larger than 18”x24”, then you should build a wooden case and should place the painting into it. If your framed painting is below 18”x24”, then follow the guidelines below.

    • 8 th Step: Sandwich the artwork between two sheets of foam board of cardboards and tape all around the way to secure it.

    • 9 th Step: Keep it inside a rigid corrugated box, and fill the empty spaces around the artwork with shredded papers to make it immovable inside the box. Seal the box with the packing tape, reinforcing the corners.

    • 10 th Step: Attach the shipping label to the package and tape it with packing tape so it doesn’t tear while shipping. Take a black marker pen and write on the top “FRAGILE” in block letters and also write “KEEP UPRIGHT, DO NOT LAY FLAT” on the flat surface.

Rolled Paper Artworks

Artworks which are done on paper like sketches, photographs, watercolors etc. should be rolled and shipped in a heavy mailing tube between 8” and 12” diameter. If the size is larger than that, then we recommend the use of PVC pipes instead of heavy mailing tubes. PVC pipes are available at all local hardware shops.

The required materials are listed below.

  • Heavy duty mailing tube with plastic end caps no smaller than 8” in diameter and up to 12” (depending on the size of your canvas).

  • A second tube of smaller diameter for inner support. (You’ll roll your artwork face out around this tube and insert it inside the larger tube.)

  • Packing tape

  • Glassine or acid-free archival paper

  • Bubble wrap

  • Follow the procedure while packing
    • 1 st Step: Cover the front and sides of artwork in acid-free archival quality glassine paper. Be certain that the artwork is completely covered by the glassine paper.

    • 2 nd Step: To provide the inner support, roll the paper covered artwork face around tube.

    • 3 rd Step: To prevent moisture and to gain padding, roll the artwork with bubble wrap and seal it with tape completely.

    • 4 th Step: Keep this tube to an outer mailing tube. There may be extra spaces at the end of the tube, fill it with bubble wrapper, but beware not to crush the edges of your artwork. Shut both the ends of the tube with the sealing caps and tape it tightly with packing tape.

    • 5 th Step: Attach the shipping label to the package and tape it with packing tape so it doesn’t get torn while shipping. Take a black marker pen and write on the top “FRAGILE” in block letters.

Sculptures

Sculptures are different in size, shape, weight and fragility, etc.. It is difficult to provide a set of guidelines that will work for all the sculptures. Kindly follow the rules as general guidelines.

The required materials are listed below.

  • Bubble wrap

  • Packing tape

  • Shredded paper

  • Sturdy cardboard box for sculptures smaller than 12” and weighing under 5 lbs

  • Custom wooden crate for sculptures (see instructions below on “Packaging art in a wooden crate”)

  • Follow the procedure while packing
    • 1 st Step: Cover the top half of the sculpture tightly and securely. The material to be used for covering the sculpture is determined by the form and fragility of the work. Keep in mind that, the delicate portions ofthe sculpture should be properly covered in layers of protective material. Cut the bubble wrap and cover all edges with tape.

    • 2 nd Step: Cover with many pieces of bubble wrap as a protective layer on top of the sculpture. Seal all around with tape.

    • 3 rd Step: Wrap the bubble wrap around the bottom half of the sculpture many times. Be certain tooverlap the bubble wrap applied to the top half of the sculpture to ensure full coverage. Cut the bubble wrap and secure the cut edge with tape. Also, use the tape to seal the overlapped seam in the middle where the two pieces of bubble wrap meet.

    • 4 th Step: Create the bottom protective layers for the sculpture like you did with the top of the work with pieces of bubble wrap which is large enough to overlap the previously applied layers on the bottom half of the sculpture.

    • If your sculpture is under 12” tall and weighs under 5 lbs, then you should ship it within a strong corrugated box. Then, kindly proceed to step5 If your sculpture is more than 12” tall and/ or weighs more than 5 lbs, you should ship it in a wooden box. To build a wooden crape is described in section 5.

    • 5 th Step: Fill about 1/3 of the box or case with shredded paper, before placing the wrapped sculptureinside. If you are using a corrugated box, then reinforce the bottom of the case with extra packing tape across the flaps and up the sides before filling the paper. Create a shallow well in the center of the shredded paper and set the sculpture inside of it. Fill the remaining space of the box with shredded paper, around the sculpture. Ensure that you securely pack the shredded paper around the sculpture to prevent movement inside the box.

      Significant advice: Ensure that the box’s dimensions are approximately two to three inches larger on all sides than the sculpture itself for enough buffering. Moreover, there should be more shredded paper below the sculpture than elsewhere due to gravity compression.

    • 6 th Step: Use the H-taping method; if you are using a corrugated box seal the opening securely with packing tape. This method involves using long strips of packing tape to seal the opening flaps of the box. Apply one long strip of tape over the horizontal opening between the two flaps, and two strips over the vertical sides of the flaps – forming an “H”. Use extra vertical strips of tape as needed across the sealed flaps for added reinforcement. If you are using a wooden box, seal the top lid close only with screws and not with glue. So as to ensure that the collector can easily open the box.

    • 7 th Step: Definitely mark on the box which side is bottom and which is the top by writing “THIS SIDE UP” with an upward pointing arrow on all the side panels to let the shippers know which direction of the box should be set down.

    • 8 th Step: Clearly mark which panel is the removable lid by writing “UNSCREW THIS SIDE ONLY” so the collector knows which panel to remove. Write any instructions on it, if needed.

    • 9 th Step: Attach the shipping label to the package and tape it with packing tape so it doesn’t get torn while shipping. Take a black marker pen and write on the top “FRAGILE” in block letters.

How to pack artwork in a wooden box?

Use a custom box for artworks such as sculpture, large flat artworks and fragile items.

The required materials are listed below.

  • Four (4) planks of plywood (¼ to ½ inch thick depending on size and fragility of the work) for the frame

  • Two (2) plywood sheets for the front and back panels

  • Drill

  • Saw

  • 1¼ inch wood screws

  • Wood glue

  • Foam board, ½” thick

  • Follow the procedure while packing
    • 1 st Step: Initially you need to measure the pre-wrapped artwork in width, height and depth of the wrapped piece. You need to get measurements of the painting to calculate the dimensions of the plywood pieces for the frame of your box. Bear in mind that you will add a ½” foam board lining to your box, so leave some space for the same. If a sculpture is going to be shipped, then make sure that the box’s dimensions are approximately three to four inches larger on all sides than the sculpture itself. In addition, bubble wrap will fill all the extra spaces left in the box.

    • 2 nd Step: Cut four pieces of plywood sheets according to the dimensions which you took in step 1. With these four plywood sheets, you can easily fit your wrapped work into it. Keep in mind to account for the thickness of the plywood when measuring length and height, and cut accordingly. The upper piece of the frame should sit on and extend over the upper edges of the aide pieces, as it must be easily removable. This piece will act as the box’s lid, which the collector shall open.

    • 3 rd Step: You can congregate the three plywood strips together with screws and wood glue, leaving the top piece off for now. It shall be screwed shut after the artwork is placed inside.

    • 4 th Step: With the strips of the foam board, line the frames with strips and secure it with tape or glue. If you are using glue to line the box with foam board, then wait for some time it to dry before finishing the packing process.

    • 5 th Step: Cut two pieces of plywood to the same dimensions of the congregated frame. These will be the front and back panels of your box.

    • 6 th Step: Take one sheet and paste it to the back of the frame using wood glue and screws.

    • 7 th Step: Your packaging process will complete by placing the artwork inside it and sealing the box around it. It is necessary that the artwork should be immovable, so lay a piece of foam board (the same size as the frame) and place your pre-wrapped artwork on the top.

    • 8 th Step: Take a foam board and cover your artwork with an another layer of it. Secure the other sheet of Masonite board on the top of the frame with well wood glue and screws. The box should be air and moisture tight.

    • 9 th Step: Write on the lid that “UNSCREW THIS SIDE ONLY”, so the collector knows which panel to emove. Write any instructions if needed.

    • 10 th Step: Attach the shipping label to the package and tape it with packing tape so it doesn’t tear hile shipping. Take a black marker pen and write on the top “FRAGILE” in block letters only.