Packaging prints for shipment

Discussion in 'Presentation & Marketing' started by ben1, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. ben1

    ben1 Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Perth, Weste
    35mm Pan
    Hi everyone...

    Just curious as to everyones method of packaging up prints to send to customers.
    I realise a print can be loosely rolled and sent in a cardboard tube, but what about matted and framed print purchases? .. small ones could be boxed n the like, but what about larger size matts/frames of around 20 to 30 or even 40 inches???...

    Just curious for some ideas/suggestions from anyone who does this!
    Thanks!! :smile:
  2. Ted Harris

    Ted Harris Subscriber

    Oct 9, 2003
    New Hampshir
    Large Format
    Several companies make boxes specifically for shipping framed art. Beyond that, when you get to sizes like 30x40 you are probably better off crating the picture. BTW, I would use some sort of plexiglass NOT regular glass in a framed print that size, especially if I waas shipping it.
  3. Jim Chinn

    Jim Chinn Member

    Sep 22, 2002
    Omaha, Nebra
    Multi Format
    The most sure way I have seen of shipping an unframed but matted print is to wrap the matted print in plastic, sandwich that between two pieces of scrap mat and then sandwich that between a couple peices of either 1/16th or 1/8th masonite. Tape the edges with strapping tape and then wrap with craft paper for labeling. Can get heavy for something as big as 30x40, but nothing will bend the matted print and nothing (well almost nothing) will puncture the masonite. The same for a framed print, just put the scrap mat board between the masonite and the frame to prevent any marring or scarring of the frame surface. With a frame you would need to put the whole thing in a box or build a box out of cardboard. If the print is really valuable or irreplaceable I would build a wood box for shipping.

    Maybe Dave Parker can chime in about how he packages his ground glass. I got several as big as 12x20 in fine shape. If thin glass can make it unbroken, his packaging is probably more then adequate for a matted print.