How to pack your custom micro model horse for safe shipment.
I thought I’d do a quick overview of how I pack my models for shipment. Micros make up the majority of what I ship (followed by stablemates). So I figure, this is a good place to start as packing any size is usually pretty similar to this.
With micros, legs are the most fragile part (especially the resin ones and even more so, the black resin ones) and you want to make sure you protect them so they don’t bend, warp or break during shipment.
First, protect the finish. I always make sure to wait at least a full week after the final seal before packing up a model for shipment. I also never leave models packed up. I always try to pack the day I’m going to ship, otherwise, at most, a day or two before, but no longer than that. I cut a small piece of soft unbleached muslin to add a layer between the finish work and the packing material. This will prevent anything from sticking to the finish like fuzz and the like.
Make sure your muslin is soft and very tightly woven as to not show a pattern. It should almost feel like a thin pillowcase or sheet. It’s also important that it is unbleached and natural. You do not want any dyes or chemicals against your horse either because they could react with the finish work of your model. A good brand to use which I used to get online is the crafty cuts brand when Amazon had it as a cheap add-on item. However, for some reason the price bounces all over the place now and can get really pricey for only 2 yards. The last cut of muslin I purchased, I went to Joann’s to feel theirs to see if it would work and if the price was better. It was worth the trip! I purchased I think 3 yards with a coupon for around $4. It was also a thicker, better quality muslin as well.
Some models I also like to add some padding between the legs if they’re thin or wide apart. If you have some extra muslin, take a small bit and fold it up. Place that between the legs before wrapping. Otherwise, after you wrap it in the piece of muslin, take a little wad of toilet paper or shop towel and place it between the legs to give just enough padding. Not too snug! Just enough to absorb some shock. (Do not put the toilet paper or towel against the finish..do this after you’ve wrapped it in muslin first).
Next, I gently wrap that in a shop towel. These can be found at your local hardware store or anywhere automotive stuff is usually sold. I got mine at Costco. They are basically like paper towels but they are softer, more “padded” and not very lint-y.
I then place the little blue package inside of a small plastic container and add a couple of pieces of tape to make sure the lid stays put. I believe these are salad dressing containers and can be found at your local supermarket or usually anywhere that carries storage containers. I get mine at Dollar Tree when I can because they are the cheapest there. When they’re out of stock, I get them from Stop & Shop which are a bit more pricey but still well worth it! I HIGHLY recommend these for resin models (if they fit). You don’t necessarily need them for pewter ones, however, some pewters (like the one pictured) have thin and bendy legs so it’s best to err on the side of caution with these. Make sure they fit snugly inside the container with no movement. Not tight! Just snug enough so when you shake it, it doesn’t move around inside.
Next step…bubbles! Add some bubble wrap around the container then layer some packing peanuts in your box, place the bubble wrapped containers on that, then fill in the rest of the space with more peanuts so it’s again, all snug, but not tight once the box is taped closed. I used a 7″x7″x6″ Priority Box here for two micros packed this way (I would also use this same sized box if I were just shipping one. Sometimes I can get away with a smaller box depending on the micro inside so use your best judgement). Once all is said and done, with full insurance and signature confirmation, a micro or two usually costs me around $12 to ship priority or about $9 First Class in a similar sized box. That may sound pretty pricey for a micro shipment (especially when you offer postage paid sales like I do most of the time) but in my mind, it’s well worth the extra out-of-pocket expense to assure my models arrive safely and to the correct recipient!
Happy, safe shipping everyone! 🙂