Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Packing heavy art piece

I sold Under the Sea on auction at artbyus which made me very happy. I would have liked more for it, but I'm pleased nonetheless.


Now, the bigger challenge is packing it securely to ship to it's new home in Tennessee. My son-in-law built a wooden box and I purchased a variety of packing materials. By itself, the mosaic weighs 15 pounds, the box weighs more, at 25 pounds.

First, I wrapped the mosaic in two layers of bubble wrap and laid it in the box on a sheet of styrofoam. Then I partially filled the box with packing p-nuts and sprayed some insulating foam into the corners. Once the foam expanded and hardened, the piece was immovable. I then put a bead of Liquid Nails on the box edge and placed the top on partially securing the screws.

There was a narrow space between the top and the box. Through this space I inserted the nozzle for the foam can and filled in the spaces around the bubble wrap and p-nuts. This done, I finished screwing in the screws.

It's fairly difficult for someone my size to shake a box measuring 28x28x6 and weighing 40 pounds, but I did manage to tip it on all sides and nothing moved inside. Thank goodness.

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Rebecca Grantham said...

I love this mosaic piece and thanks for sharing your hysterical po experience.

All the Best

Linda Watson said...

Thank you Rebecca. I was at your blog earlier and became inspired by your aceos. I've painted a few, but am not happy with them. It's a very small canvas for me and is proving to be a challenge. Your technique of making a larger piece that is broken into smaller parts is appealing.


The Wager Witch said...

I also totally like this piece!!!

I love mosaics and items using other items - that aren't flat.

They look so much better on the wall with spotlights on them... Instead of Framed pictures - to me -those are boring.

I love shadowboxes also.

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Linda Watson said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your comment about my art. It is appreciated.


Donald V. Rainville said...

I found your blog under the World Wide Women Artist site... I thought I would page through and see what the ladies are doing and talking about. I just thought I'd drop a line to let you know how much I like your work especially the under the sea piece. I find Shell and found object mosaics are a very grounded and probably one of the oldest first forms of art. I tend to think it's also one of the best forms of self expression in content and arrangement... Great work I really like it!!!

I'll try and stop by to see your work again soon..


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