15 Tips for Moving with Glass Rods

I’m almost done packing all my glass for the second time within a year! The second time was much easier, less frustrating and less bloody than the first one, so I thought I’d share some tips with you.


What you’ll need:

Rubber Bands

Bubble Wrap

Cardboard boxes

Packing Tape

Red Marker





Take a good, long look at your glass rods and try to estimate how much bubble wrap and rubber bands you are going to need. Then, go out and buy three times as much. Trust me.



To avoid extreme ongoing frustration, purchase heavy-duty rubber bands that won’t break easily.



DO NOT, under any circumstance, pack your band-aids BEFORE you start packing your glass.



If your glass rods are neatly organized by color, pat yourself on the back – this will make your life easier. If they are just lying around in random stacks all around the house (as they were for me for my last move), don’t bother organizing them before the move – this will be much more time-consuming than you think, and you’re probably all stressed out about moving as it is. Besides, it will be much more fun to organize everything once you get to your new space, without all the pressure.



Make bundles. First, make a bundle for each color, and secure it tightly with rubber bands. Unless you have a lot of rods in a certain color, wrap smaller bundles together to make large bundles. You want to have about 30-40 rods in each bundle.



When packing shorter rods, like the ones you have already started using, or weird ones that are longer than usual, bundle rods of similar lengths together.



Use rubber bands generously and tightly. Watch out for sharp, pointy ends. Apply band-aids to skin when needed. Scream profanities at the top of your lungs if necessary.



Wrap each large bundle in a generous amount of bubble wrap.



I have yet to come up with a brilliant way of packing stringers, so I just throw them out. If you’re very attached to yours, wrapping bundles of them carefully in a lot of bubble wrap and stuffing them into heavy-duty cardboard tubes might work. Hey, maybe I should try that, actually.



When preparing your cardboard boxes, choose ones that are made of sturdy cardboard and use extra layers of packing tape.



Don’t forget that in large quantities, glass is really heavy. Don’t pack all your glass in one big box – that would increase the chances of the bottom of the box collapsing, or worse, of the movers dropping it. Instead, divide it between smaller boxes.



Instead of filling boxes up with glass, pack the rods with softer, lightweight things, such as pillows, bedding or towels. Put a layer of something soft on the bottom of the box, then put some bubble-wrapped glass bundles on top of that, then something soft on top. Make sure the box is completely stuffed; you don’t want anything rolling around in there. Tape the boxes shut.



This is kind of obvious, but anyway – write FRAGILE all over the boxes in big, red letters.



Once the move is over and you’re at your new place, don’t leave the bundles of glass sitting around in rubber bands for too long, especially if you live in a warm climate. Rubber bands disintegrate and stick to the glass and/or leave yucky, sticky residue on it, so if you’re going to be storing your rods for a long time it’s probably better to use a different method. In any case, rubber band residue is not the world’s worst disaster – it will burn off in the flame and it won’t discolor the glass. Still, burning rubber stinks and working with sticky rods kind of sucks.



Once again, obvious but anyway – save all your bubble wrap! You can reuse it to pack beads for shipping, and it should last for a couple of years at least.



And that’s all, folks! This just might be the last post I will write from suburbia. In three more days I will be a city girl – aka myself – again. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, you can use the coupon code MOVINGDAY to get 10% off any purchase from my bead and e-book shop or jewelry shop. Enjoy!

(Sale ends Monday, October 24, 2011.)




  1. Tammy

    Glad wrap, and lots of it works great but make sure you leave a tail so you can find the end when it comes time to unpack. This method means you can skip the rubber band part and it keeps the glass nice and tight.

  2. Cynthia

    Good moving tips, used most of them also. Later on in my packing I got smart and used Tammy’s method of consolidating using clear plastic film prior to the bubble wrap layer.

    During our last move, many of my rubber bands disintegrated on the rods. Instead of burning the rubber off the rods, I now use a combination of hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar (use gloves, it can burn your skin) to pre-clean my rods.Works well too for crystal clear encasing.

    Enjoy your new city life!

  3. Liz Ross

    Sarah, hope your move is smooth! I’m sure your kitty will be just as happy as you to be back in the city!

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