Large Silica Packets for Safe Model Storage
If you need to store your models in boxes or totes for a period of time, they are at risk for damage by humidity / dampness. Mold stains are all too common in stored models, and can be "fatal." Silica dry-packs are cheap insurance for your precious ponies while they're stored away. Silica absorbs moisture from the air and locks it into the silica beads, keeping your ponies or other items drier.
To use: Place a packet in each storage bin or box along with your (safely wrapped) models. Airtight bins are best, as if there's an air supply, it will continuously carry moisture, filling up the beads more quickly. Be sure they aren't completely blocked by the models - Place in front of or on top of models where they can access, and dry, the air in the container.
Packets can be refreshed for re-use by heating in an oven for between .5 - 2 hours at 200F. If your microwave vents steam, you may also be able to refresh them by microwaving for 7-12 minutes on DEFROST mode.
How many do I need? Per the manufacturer, here are the minimum packet sizes needed for different container sizes:
Container volume – packet size
- 120 cubic inch - 1 gram
- 240 cubic inch - 2 gram
- 360 cubic inch - 3 gram
- 600 cubic inch - 5 gram
- 2 cubic feet - 30 gram
- 3.3 cubic feet (20-gallon tote) - 50g
- 4 cubic feet - 60 gram
- 8 cubic feet - 120 gram
- 64 cubic feet - 960 gram
They recommend using more than the minimum for added protection or for longer storage times. These are the large size packets, as you can see from the photo. (Photo includes Traditional Breyer and Wia Gustav for scale.) They are 500g - Big guys, so they'll protect your models better and longer. We don't mess around here - We want your ponies to stay safe! One of these packets should cover any normal storage box size we're used to seeing for models.
These packets do not contain color-change beads, as we want no extra dyes or inks in with our models. Color-change beads are also weaker as moisture absorbers - These plain white beads are the best on the market. The packet is made of special cloth to allow moisture into the beads. If you have a scale at home, you can tell when these need to be refreshed/replaced by weighing them: If they've gained about 30% from their original weight, it's time to replace or refresh them.
They will come to you sealed in a zipper-style plastic bag to insure they stay dry in transit. [They are stored here in sealed bags as well.]
Keep those models safe!
Size: Approx 7" x 6"
Weight Dy: Approx 520g (incl cloth packet)
Please note: Every storage situation is different, so we cannot warranty the safety of your models while using these. Please check your stored models at least monthly to make sure they are safe from moisture, as well as heat. Silica will not reduce the build-up of gasses from shrinky models.
Horses not included.
We maintain an Honest Shipping Policy: We always try to save you money on shipping and only charge what is needed to get your box to you. We often cut boxes down to fit your order, which can save you money... If we find we can ship for less than our website charges you for shipping, we will automatically refund the difference when we print your shipping label. You will never overpay when ordering from us!
Due to COVID, we are currently packing and shipping USPS on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. UPS requires a day's lead time to pick up, so UPS orders ship on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (They don't pick up on Saturday, so UPS orders placed after cutoff on Wednesday will ship the following Monday.)
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