Step-by-Step Guide to Packing Fragile Glassware

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    Take Care With the Good Stuff

    Tissue paper in wine glass
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    You keep the good wine glasses, vases, and other treasured glassware in a special place for a reason: if they get mixed in with everyday stuff, they'll get chipped and broken. So when it's time to move, don't just lump everything together and hope for the best. Give the good pieces the VIP treatment they deserve, starting with a dedicated box made for glassware.

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    Use a Cell Pack

    Cell Pack

    Purchase cell boxes from specialty packing supply stores, or ask for used bottle boxes at a grocery store or liquor store. You can also purchase the cardboard dividers (cells) separately and use them in boxes or plastic bins.

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    Prepare the Box

    Insert Dividers

    Prepare the cell box by making sure the cell dividers fit snugly, with minimal movement in any direction. Also, gather plenty of plain white or brown packing paper and tissue paper for packing the glassware. Plain newsprint is a good option, but don't use regular newspaper with printing, as the ink can stain your glassware.

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    Stuff the Globe

    Stuff Globe

    Select a glass or another piece. Take several sheets of packing paper and gently stuff the interior of the glass's globe. Keeping filling the space until there is no space left. Be gentle. Don't press on the sides of the glass or push the paper in too tightly. Pushing outward from the inside of a glass can easily break a thin glass wall.

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    Place the Glass on Its Side

    Place Glass in Corner

    Lay out several sheets of tissue paper and place the glass on its side, perpendicular to the corner of the paper.

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    Wrap the Glass

    Wrapping Glass

    Take two to three sheets of tissue and pull the corners around the glass, then gently roll the glass forward, carefully tucking the tissue over the globe and around the base until the glass is completely wrapped.

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    Fold the Ends

    Gentle Fold Paper Around Ends

    Gently fold the excess paper around the globe and stem, carefully molding it to the glass.

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    Insert the Glass

    Put Glass in Cell Pack

    Place the glass into one of the cells, stem first. It should fit snugly but not too tight. If the glass is loose inside the cell, roll it up in a few more sheets of paper, then re-insert the glass into the cell.

    Use the same techniques to warp and pack the remaining glassware. Be careful not to force the pieces into the cells. Alternate small and large pieces as needed so that any one area isn't too tight.

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    Top up the Box

    Anti Static Bubblewrap

    Gently pack tissue paper or bubble wrap into any open cells that don't have glassware or to fill the top area of cells that hold short glassware pieces. When the box is full, lay bubble wrap or tissue paper on top of the packed stemware to ensure there's no room for movement.

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    Secure the Box

    Tape Box

    Close the top flaps of the box, then gently shake the box. If the contents rattle at all, some gaps need to be filled. Open the box and fill the gaps with tissue paper or bubble wrap. Close the flaps again, and secure them with packing tape or sealing tape. Use at least one strip of tape down the center, plus one extra over each flap.

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    Label the Box

    Mark the Box

    Mark the box "FRAGILE!" Also, note all of the contents and where they go. For example: "Crystal red wine glasses and water goblets/Dining room hutch."