October 26, 2011

How to Pack Tiffany-style Lampshades for Shipping

Packing something as fragile and breakable as a Tiffany-style lampshade is an art in itself. To protect against damage, we use a foam-in-bag product called Instapack.

First, bubble wrap the lampshade, being careful to cover every edge and corner.

Next, activate the heated Instapack so that it foams up.

Quickly place the foam packet at the bottom of the carton, and while it puffs up, press the wrapped lampshade firmly in place so that the foam fills up the spaces around it. Warning: the Instapack is very hot at first and should not be used on items that can be adversely affected by heat.

Repeat with more Instapacks to fill in the space on the sides of the box. This gives the lampshades protection on all four sides and on top.

This particular box will have two Tiffany-style lampshades in it, so the images that follow show the process of packing another lampshade on top of the previous one.

The finished package is a safe, secure carton for the fragile lampshades.

To see a video on how to pack a sculpture using Instapacks, click here.