This may seem like an off the wall blog post, but right now this is consuming my life. There are lots of wrong ways to ship tea cups (or anything that is ceramic, porcelain, bone china, glass), and there is one really good way that will help guarantee safe delivery.
I love tea cups, love, love, love them! I have been making tea cup candles and selling them in my etsy shop, giving away to friends, selling at craft shows, and everyone loves them. They are the perfect gift. You get a great candle and then when that is gone, you get a beautiful vintage tea cup. It's a Win/Win situation. I always use soy wax and all natural fragrance to make sure there is no harm done to the tea cup.
Recently I have been buying a lot of beautiful tea cups on Ebay, with plans to make tea cup candles to sell. You would be amazed on some of the gorgeous and unique vintage tea cups out there. On two instances when I bought tea cups from wonderful vendors (I have dealt with some great people) and they arrived broken. This is very sad. These are some one of a kind tea cups, and now they are wasted (well maybe not completely, you can do some cool art with the pieces). Because of these sad little tragedy's I feel the need to share a good way to ship tea cups, and even glass items that will help guarantee their safe delivery (Nothing is 100% safe, but this way seems to work over and over).
What not to use/do:
Two simple products that really work! Every time I ship out a tea cup candle this is what I use. Every time someone ships me a tea cup this way, I smile!