If you happen to be an art aficionado and own many expensive artwork pieces, moving those pieces presents an extra set of worries on your moving day. Most art lovers ensure that valuable artwork arrives intact is just as crucial as all the other household furniture, maybe even more.
Here is a safety guide for moving sculpture and artwork without risking any breakage and damage.
Packing Art Work
- If your painting has a glass cover, take masking tape and put an ‘X’ mark over the glass. Making this mark will help prevent the glass from moving too much if it breaks. However, if there is no glass, then skip this step.
- You need to protect your painting if there is no glass cover on it. Wrap your art piece with layers of plastic wrap. Use the one from your kitchen. You can also use palette wrap. It is the same thing as the plastic wrap. The wrap will prevent any damage caused by friction inside the box, and the painting will stay put. This step also works well for glass-covered prints and watercolors.
- If the painting frame is unique or expensive, then purchase cardboard corners for protection. The cardboard corner protectors will be placed over the cling wrap.
- Use bubble wrap for padding. Opt for many layers of bubble wrap for extra protection. Cover both the vertical and horizontal dimensions and then seal it with tape.
- Put your artwork in the boxes and then seal them shut. Mark the boxes with labels that say “artwork” and “fragile items,” so the movers handle it with care.
- Sculptures are challenging to pack compared to paintings and prints because of the extended parts or holes that are particularly vulnerable. You will need to wrap your sculpture with a cling film to protect it. After that, use smaller pieces of plastic film to get into the nooks and crannies.
- You will require rolling strips of bubble wraps. Use the wrap to cover vulnerable parts of the sculpture.
- Once you have wrapped up the fragile parts, wrap the entire sculpture with several bubble wrap layers. You should get an egg or a sphere-shaped cover that can be placed inside a box with padding.
- If you have a large-sized and heavy sculpture, you must figure out the weight to determine the size of the box. In most cases, people prefer using a wooden crate for bigger sculptures. Most boxes can handle up to 40 pounds of weight, but if it exceeds that, then you will need a crate instead. The sturdiest and safest way to carry large sculptures is to crates. They will be able to survive if they get mishandled.
- Moreover, measure the doors and entryways of your new home before moving the sculpture. Find out beforehand whether or not your sculpture will fit through. If it doesn’t, special delivery methods need to be applied. Some sculptures could be disassembled for transportation. In that case, you won’t need a crate.
To assist you with moving valuable sculptures and artwork, contact Cormovers. Their professionals provide excellent service that ensures your valuable artwork is transported without any damage.