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bullet  Packaging ARTWORK
Picture in cardboard sandwich Phillip Connard RA

Packed from start to finish in 45 minutes using PackMeister pro
Sandwich Construction
One of the best ways to pack ARTWORK.

In this style of package, the picture and the cardboard linings placed on the front and back of the picture are tightly bound together with non-adhesive shrinkwrap.

This forms a large H-BEAM that reinforces the package and keeps the picture suspended in the center of the box.

There is very little need for additional corner blocking. The "sandwich" inserts fit inside the box perfectly and form corner blocks themselves.
In effect, the entire sheets are corner blocks.

Used in conjunction with a double-overflap end flap, your ARTWORK will arrive in perfect condition, encapsulated in a package as light, strong and compact as possible.

Did I forget to mention professional?

The picture in this example measures 36" x 28" x 2", and we're going to use 1-1/2" of fill at the front & back, with 2-1/2" at the edges & corners. This will be a Double-flapover style picture box - extremely resistant to crushing.

So to start:
  • Enter the size of the painting; 36" x 28" x 2"
  • Set the fill thickness - 1-1/2" front/back, 2-1/2" edges/corners
  • Choose the style of package
  • Choose most economical material layout
  • Design box and print plans
  • Make up the box and inserts
  • Leave both end flaps open
Lay the inserts on top of one another, on the table. Place the painting on top of the "stack" in the centre of the insert. The perimeter of the frame should sit 2" away from each edge if you're using 2" padding. Trace the outline of the frame on to the top carboard insert.

Set the picture aside for the moment.

Now that we have the perimeter of the picture traced, the next step is to cut a series of 3" wide x 2" deep flaps, one flap on each edge of the sheets at the midpoint of each side.
cardboard insert
cardboard insert layout
These flaps will fold toward each other and over the edge of the picture to hold the picture firmly in place when we later bind the whole thing together with 3" wide shrinkwrap tape.
If it's a large picture, cut several flaps on each side.

Make sure the bottom insert is directly underneath the top (marked) sheet then punch the control points through with an awl. (or an old ballpoint pen)
This way, you don't have to struggle trying to cut two thicknesses at once. Cut the second sheet flaps at the punch-marks.

assembly
Place the painting in position on one of the sheets. Cover the painting with the other sheet. Fold the flaps toward each other so they fold round the frame. Bind the two covering sheets and the painting into a tight bundle by winding shrinkwrap tape around each opposing flap.
completed sandwich
painting "sandwiched"
between cardboard sheets
finishing off
Set the outer box on the floor. Fold in the bottom flaps but don't seal for the moment. Slide the assembled inner package into the outer box and fill all cavities with infill.
Tape the top flaps closed.
Carefully turn the box over, making sure the chips don't fall out of the untaped bottom end.
Open the flaps and fill any remaining void areas. Tape closed.

Picture in Sandwich box


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