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What Kind of Putty Can I Use to Keep Vases From Tipping Over?

F.R.R. Mallory

People who are moving into an area where earthquakes are a concern often experience a learning curve as they adapt to how to secure furnishings to better protect themselves and their belongings should an earthquake occur. One way to control the movement of vases and lightweight breakable objects located on shelves or tables is through the use of putty products.

Museum Wax

Putty is used to help stabilize vases during earthquakes.

One common product to use for stabilizing vases is called Museum Wax. This is a clear product with a waxyconsistency. Roll the product into small balls and press the balls into the bottom of the vase. Press the vase against the shelf or table so that the sticky content in the product grabs hold of the vase securely. Twist or cut the wax to remove the vase later. Scrape off the remains, and wash the area with mineral spirits or another light solvent. It works best on wood and pottery items.

Quake Putty

Quake Putty is a different mixture from the wax. Putty releases easier than wax and is easier to reuse. This putty works for most types of items. It is a better choice than wax when an object will be moved more frequently. It can secure up to 40 pounds of weight. This kind of putty will also work on the many surfaces in an recreational vehicle or moving trailer. The putty is applied much like the wax.

Quake Gel

Quake Gel looks more like glass, and it is designed for glass and crystal. This gel goes a long way, so you need to use very little of the product to produce the hold you want. Because the product is clear, you won't be able to see the gel on transparent pieces. This makes using the product easier, since no one will even know it is on the items. Generally, it is better to dust around the fixed objects rather than disturb them every time you clean.

Other Uses

Museum Wax, Putty and Gel are also used in other industries. These products are used in museums to secure art. They are also used in the photographic business to control and secure still-life items to their off-camera supports. The quick adhesion and easy removal of the products make them a natural temporary adhesive. These products are also used to hold picture frames to walls. Once you remove the object, you can often reuse the formulations, so a small amount of these products can be used for years.