Packing And Shipping Art & Cut Glass


Shipping cut glass is not as difficult as you might think, by always following a few simple rules, you can ship your best pieces with peace of mind. I have listed below the most important guidelines to follow.

Use new boxes as they lose one half of their strength after the first shipment. Glass must be packed using two boxes or as we say, a box in a box. Choose the inner box to allow for at least 2" of packing around the glass, the most useable size of box is a 12" x 12" inner and a 16" x 16" outer box.

Pack each individual piece of glass in enough wrapping material so you cannot feel any of the hard edges of the glass. Bubble wrap is not suitable for use in wrapping glass, if you wish to experiment wrap a piece of glass in it and feel in between the bubbles, you will feel the glass, especially the teeth area. If you can feel the glass item it is not wrapped well enough. The best wrapping material is enough sheet of newspaper to make handles and edges impossible to feel.

After you have wrapped the glass correctly place it in the inner box with at least 2" of packing between the inner and the outer box. If you use Peanuts or Styrofoam pieces for this exterior space pack it down firmly so it cannot shift.

If you use a packing service don’t assume they know what they’re doing, give them these instructions, best of all pack the glass yourself.

If the glass to be sent is multi part take it apart and send separately. Don’t ship stoppers in decanters. If piece is multi part insure each package for the value of the entire piece because if one part is lost or damaged the other pieces have little value.

If you want to ship more than one piece in the inner box the best technique is to have each piece in it’s own box with enough cushioning inside to allow no movement. Do not use Peanuts in the inner box as it allows too much movement.

Close the box securely with 2" packing pate and place a label with the addresses on the inner box as well as the outer box, don’t forget to include a letter if one is required. Place fragile stickers on the top and sides and you are ready to ship.

A word of caution; if you are sealing your box and say to yourself "I hope this makes the trip" don’t send it, repack it! You must feel that the glass would survive a 36" drop onto a hard surface.

Insure only for the amount you have in the piece, as shippers will need to see a receipt for the value or a recent appraisal.

This information comes from 20 years in the cut glass restoration business and shipping successfully many thousands of packages containing cut glass. We hope that you find it helpful should you need to ship your valuable cut glass.