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    Could anyone let me know what packaging you use for larger items? I need to post a lattice plate, and I'd love to know what packaging the rest of you use for items such as these? I've thought of contacting a cardboard or polystyrene supplier to get something made up but I don't know where to start... or does bubblewrap and cardboard inserts work just as well?

    Any help would be great

    Thanks
    Debbie

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  • #2
    I recently mailed some very expensive pieces of Wedgwood to Australia.

    I wrapped them in loads of bubble wrap, filled a box with polystyrene pellets - and prayed.

    Thankfully all pieces arrived safely.

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    • #3
      I post some very large boxes, and these are wrapped in tissue paper, then in a clear bag.
      I then wrap in bubble wrap, and this foam stuff. It's like a roll of foam about 0.5cm thick. I don't know what it's called (when my suppliers send the boxes to me they send tons of this stuff) but it's really good. Protects very well, cuts easily and is very lightweight. the only issue I have with it is tape won't stick to it, so I have to wrap tape all the way round or use string.
      I them put the package inside another thick box. I wrap a lot of my items this way actually, even smaller items like tiara boxes or guestbooks. It stops me worrying!
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      • #4
        I think Ill try sending a package to myself first and see how it arrives... and X my fingers & tootsies.

        Thanks
        Debbie

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        • #5
          Originally posted by fruitiloopi View Post
          I think Ill try sending a package to myself first and see how it arrives... and X my fingers & tootsies.

          Thanks
          To save on postage - why not pack something fragile - kick it around the garden a few times - see what happens

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          • #6
            In my past life I used to make glassware..vases, mirrors, candles holders etc. and it would sent around the country to shops that I sold to.

            I found that if I individually bubble wrapped each piece, and then into a box of it's own, and then put then all of them into an outer carton padded up with 'loose fill' polysterene chips, they would arrive safely and unbroken.

            I used to buy carboard boxes from MacFarlane packaging based at Newburn, Newcastle, and any unusual sized boxes I had made in Blyth by a company called Euro-Packaging.

            Hope this helps

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            • #7
              To save a bit of money . . I remember seeing somewhere that you can use plain popcorn (eg homemade) instead of polystyrene pieces. More environmentally friendly too!!!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by claireybear View Post
                To save a bit of money . . I remember seeing somewhere that you can use plain popcorn (eg homemade) instead of polystyrene pieces. More environmentally friendly too!!!!
                I got a present from Lush last year, and the box of smellies was packaged with popcorn. It seemed to do the job ok.

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                • #9
                  I agree with Beadservice . . the best way is to "double" package them . . inner box and bubblewrap plus outer box and packing peanuts . . you can get hold of packing peanuts that are biodegradeable and are made from maize or corn based material and which dissolved into organic material when soaked in water . . so less impact on the environment.

                  Double boxing won't cost that much more on postage costs . . the only increase is in your packing costs . . but if you are anything like me you'll already have a ton of boxes lying around which you can make to size to suit your requirements.
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                  • #10
                    Jane said "I wrapped them in loads of bubble wrap, filled a box with polystyrene pellets - and prayed."

                    Ha ha I did that. My parcel was only going 30 miles. If it had been biscuits it would have arrived as crumbs. It was pottery.

                    I bribed a student to carry the second/replacement parcel to the customer for me. That worked brilliantly.

                    Viking do some uber strong boxes. I now double pack but it costs more for the packaging than it does for the pots!!!!!!!

                    I think using a wooden box as the outside one might be an answer.

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                    • #11
                      I've never heard of using popcorn, what a sheltered life I lead! Double packing seems like the best option, thanks for all your advice, I really appreciate it.
                      Debbie

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                      • #12
                        Just a word of warning, bubble wrap can stick to glass if it gets hot. Always best to put a bit of tishoo paper in between
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                        • #13
                          Oh , didn't know that Splatcat, thanks!
                          Debbie

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                          • #14
                            sorry I send small items, beads and bead sets, so I wont know about the large item, but putting paper in between the bubble wrap and glass is a great suggestion, I put my in small bags then wrap in bubble wrap...
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