Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Angela, Insulation 4 Less.com appears to have a product similar to Reflectix (foil,bubble wrap, foil) but it's only $99 for 48 inches by 125 feet.
Did you clamp the 2 sides together after glueing? Please let us know how your experiment turns out, as I'm also interested in doing it myself to try & save some $.
Angela R. Sasser said:An earlier commenter on this thread described sheets of heat insulation that are basically polyethylene bubbles coated on each side by thin foil. Well I did a little research and found a roll of the stuff at Lowes for $15 (cheaper than I've found bubble wrap in large rolls, surprisingly!). It's by a company called Reflextic, who has dubbed it 'reflective insulation).
Well I got a wild hair and tried making pouches out of this stuff using hot glue on one and Goop on another. I'm going to toss them in the car and leave them all day tomorrow and pull them out to see if the glue keeps its bond. Thus far, they were incredibly easy to make with the insulation sheets being super easy to cut with normal scissors.
I also see that Reflectix sells a bonding tape for the sheets, which might be better to use than glue. Going to see if I can't find that at Lowe's too. I suspect as it's used for heat insulation that the tape won't get gummy at all (which we don't want happening on our art!)
I also really liked Mark's sample of the Gallery Pouch product. It was much as described. Cozy for your art with handy velcro, but I think I'm going to DIY and save a little money till I can afford to spend more on professionally produced pouches. Insulation sheets also provide a little more heat protection, if art is left in a trailer for long amounts of time, I imagine!
Will come and post here when I have tested my ghetto art pouches out more thoroughly!
The sample of the bubble pack with velcro is lovely, but at $19/per I can't afford them for the 30+ framed pieces
Bought the 15" x 25' roll of insulation at Lowe's and the $9 roll of aluminum tape. Spent an hour plus making 11 pouches out of the roll. They seem fine. Left a flap so I can put velcro, or put in a smaller frame. Need a couple more rolls of the stuff. Still haven't figured out though how I'm going to pack and carry them. Is there some sort of cinch belt with a handle (kind of like in the old movies when the kids carried their school books tied in an old belt) so I could carry a bundle in each hand? Logistics aren't obvious.
Angela, yes, thank you so much! This has actually been on my to do list, and you've done the experimenting for us.
As for carrying single pieces, I have a 24"x28" waterproof nylon portfolio. It zippers all the way around 3 sides, has a long shoulder strap, and 2 smaller handles. It's functional and looks chic and professional for delivering paintings to customers. I've used it many, many times and is well worth the cost, which isn't that much (20-30$). Dick Blick carries similar inexpensive portfolios.
When I use my bins, I actually do stand my paintings upright. The bins do get heavy, but, they have sturdy handles, and I usually only have to lug them as far as my rock'n'roller cart.
Back to the bag experiment, do you think the tape will hold it, or will you use hot glue as well?
Angela-Thank you for posting the video and info. I am making these this morning, and just so thankful how easy it is! Lisa