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  1. My shark tooth collection

    Hi Everyone, I just wanted to share my collection and also ask for some advice. I am looking for a good way to display my nicest makos, hemis and great whites on the top shelf. I am planning to display my megs as pictured in one of the below photos. Please comment any ideas you may have for me on how to display them. I restored a lot of the teeth in my collection. I am 16 so I have a very limited budget and could never afford all of these things if they were the real thing. That being said, here it is: colorful partial teeth small meg in matrix megalodon teeth on their shelf biggest is 6.62"
  2. I thought I would share this with everyone. I was thinking about a way to display some of my fossils in a manner that all different views were possible with multiple fossils. I did not want to do it with the expense of riker mounts. Also, riker mounts would not be deep enough to put an echinoid in profile view. Then I thought about what people use for displaying sports memorabilia. Baseball cubes, maybe. Football and basketball cases, too big. So what about hockey puck holders? So I went on Amazon and found 2 hockey puck holders for about 5 bucks. They are 3 by 3 by 1 1/4. I bought them. Then I bought a pack of poly foam from Hobby Lobby, 1 inch thick. I trimmed a piece of foam to fit into one of the holders. In it I put 3 echinoid, Eurhodia rugosa ideali. Showing top, bottom and side profile. Bingo. Works great. I can order a dozen of these for $12.97 including shipping and the foam was $3.80 for two 12 by 12 pieces which will make 32 pieces for the cases. So for $16.77 I get 12 cases. You cannot buy 12 riker mounts for that price. This will work for smaller echinoids, shark teeth, shells, ammonites, and many other items. This is the end result.
  3. Way back when my 3 sons were just little tykes and I had no moneys, I decided to build my own display case. This was about 24 years ago and I was just beginning to find fossils but had no where to put them. I figured this would be able to handle everything I could possible find? Ha! Boy was I naive. Anyways, having no moneys I used 2x4's and cut them to size, found a piece of nice ply for the backing, I had to buy the brackets and track though, and while I was doing a paint job on a house, the guy who changed out all the windows came by to pick up the old 1/4 inch plate glass ones to throw them away. Well, a 12 pack later that evening he brought them over to me house. I cut the glass to size and I then a bit of paint and WaaaaLaaaaa!! I had a display case for about $20. As you can see there is alot of room left to fill, but once i go through the right box/s it will be full and I will have to find more room somehow to display even more stuff!!! I just brought this display case home from my other property about 3 weeks ago from one of my storage sheds. Always something to do. RB
  4. My Display Overview

    Hello there paleontologists, fossil enthusiast, and everything in between. If you couldn't tell this is the first content I've ever made on the fossil forum so please excuse errors and, or inexperience I apologize in advance. Here is my collection of display fossils as well as modern bones keep in mind this is purely what I have on display I keep the vast majority of fossils I posses in storage with lots of support such as bubble rap and various other materials to ensure complete security of precious peeks into our planet's history. If you have any questions or comments feel free to ask as you please. These are all authentic fossils 2 have been directly seen by a professional (Ursus sp. & Unidentified Dinosaur Cretaceous Rib) The Dactylioceras sp. is very clearly a real specimen however there was no authority on it's authenticity the two Hadrosaur fragments are authentic as well one purchased with it's card of authenticity by D.J Parsons and the other was purchased from the very same hunter whom discovered the Cretaceous rib section. (Note: individual specimen content will be released in time)
  5. My new display case

    My new display can you set my cousin gave me I had two extra I had two extra shelves cut, because you can never have too many shelves.
  6. Hey TFF members I'm tryin to find a source, preferably in the UK but the EU will do, for Riker cases. I'm presuming this is a trade name rather than s generic name. I do have a couple of dinky ones that fossils have come in but would like some larger ones, say a a couple 5x7 inch and a couple bigger to house some teeth and other bits. I really like the way they're made and the quality but can't find anything over here on websites including a well known auction site and well known book site. I could buy from the USA but the bus fare to get them here is crazy and I'd get hit with import duty and 20% VAT. Any ideas?
  7. I filled an old shadow box (originally with dried butterflies) with Cretaceous fossil shark teeth I got from PaleoRon. Here is how it came out; eventually it will hang on my office wall:
  8. Ammo Overload

    Well the show is over and the displays have been judged. I won the President's Choice Award!!! Out of 30 display exhibits, due to the vast variety and educational presentation of labeling. I want to sencerly thank all the FF members that engaged in trades with me and made this collection display possible. I am sharing my congratulations with you. caldigger aka: Doren
  9. Greetings, I am starting to amass a growing number of loose crinoid caylxes and paleozoic shark teeth (among other things). Currently I am keeping them in plastic containers separated by age (example below), but I am looking for ideas on how to display these, as leaving them in containers is a bit bland to me. One cool idea I saw (but can't seem to find any examples of) was at a show I visited a few years back. The fossils were held up on top of small metal rods the size of a pen, and held in place by small hairlike metal wires. Does anyone have any cool solutions they've used?
  10. Please and thank you, can anybody tell me where I can buy some Presentation Window boxes large sizes. I can't find any large size boxes about 25cm x 15cm approx in the uk.The boxes I like are satin vinyl effect finish in black .with a plastic display window in the lid and and a sponge pad. Thank you Bobby
  11. Fossil Display Stands

    Hey guys, I have got some new Dinosaur fossils coming in soon and I have noticed these black metal display stands which looked really nice. I was thinking of using them as my stands but I just did not know where to get them from. Would you guys know anyone who sells those stands? Thanks for your help! Here is something similar to what I am looking for.
  12. Fossil Cleaning

    Hi, Does anyone know an effective way to clean fossils that does NOT damage them? I've heard about using vinegar, but I do not know how long or how diluted the solution must be... most of my fossils are in limestone, so idk if that helps with anything. Thanks PS- I found out about using vinegar and how the acetic acid dissolves CaCO3, but would the acetic acid also dissolve fossilized shells and whatnot (specifically chonetes fossils)? Thanks again
  13. Hi fossils friends, I have a collection exclusively based on Permian and Triassic Cephalopods. At the moment, I have around 400 pieces (Ammonoïds and Nautiloïds), but all is tidied up in cardboards. (Not place enough). Later, my wish would be to display my collection in an original way. I would not only put fossils on shelves. Maybe recreate for the differents foundplace a setting with rocks/sand/wood ... Anyone has an idea ? Here are a few examples of my cardboards. Thanks a lot by advance. Gilles
  14. Reorganising fossil room

    G'day all, was inspired today to reorganise my fossil room, I get that urge every couple of months or so. I've basically just moved things around a bit and tried to group them into some kind of order. I hope to get a few more of the glass display cabinets in the next few weeks as I have a few more pieces I want to display. I've picked up a lot of ideas on displaying my collection from the forum here, it's not only a great knowledge resource but it's a fantastic place to learn from the ideas of others. Thanks to the contributors and moderators for making this the great place that it is, cheers, Dave.
  15. Show Layout

    Here it is, the show booth layout! What do yah think? did we get enough fish this year? I am kind of fond of the table, it is fully lit all the way around the inside with LED lights!
  16. Would love to see some of the ways to display a partial spine
  17. DIY rotating display

    Recently the DVD drive on my laptop stopped working, and I decided to disassemble it and recycle a little part in there. The little wheel that holds your disk in place and spins it around for the contents to be read is perfect for a rotating display to show off your fossils or minerals. Step 1. Glue something to the bottom as a base to increase height and stability. Step 2. Glue the end of a string to the wheel. Step 3. Put on a disk, bottom side up. Step 4. Spin the disk around so the string wraps around the wheel. To avoid the string being stuck under the wheel, hold it upward while spinning the disk. Step 5. Let your treasure hop on and pull the string!
  18. Since I started buying fossils online in 2013, my collection has slowly but surely shifted from being a generalistic fossil collection to mainly a dinosaur and reptile fossil collection. With my collection increasing, some things have come to my mind about where to go next with displaying and maintaining my collection, along with guidelines as to what standards I should have when purchasing fossils. I will list them below, and would like to hear your feedback. 1. I currently display the bulk of my collection in an open cabinet that collects dust. It seemed like a good idea at first but the dust it's slowly gathering is obviously an issue. I've seen members display their teeth in IKEA cabinets, which look much better and might not collect as much dust, but living in a country prone to earthquakes I must question whether this is a safe method of display. I don't want to buy an expensive cabinet that looks good only for an earthquake to hit and destroy it with the fossils inside. What would tooth collectors overseas do about this? 2. The most important information about a specimen is the location. Recently, I have strived to know as much as possible about where the fossils I purchased have been found (more on that later), and obviously this should be labelled. I wonder if a commercial label printer would be any good for this, as I don't have a working computer printer and printed digital text looks much better than my handwriting. Has anybody had experience with using label printers for their collections? 3. More recently, I have developed tighter standards for buying fossils than I've had before, even for last year. I will now only buy fossils either from the original finder or otherwise with precise locality information (not just the formation and state/country). When possible, I like to know the name of the quarry where it was found (if applicable), when it was found, and who found it. All of these are provided with a T. rex tooth tip I bought directly from the finder in South Dakota, as an example. Sometimes I will settle for a county and formation if the provenance is otherwise solid (Texas dinosaur material, for example). To be more of an ethical collector, I will also now avoid fossils from countries with bans on fossil trade and export, such as Niger and especially Mongolia. This means I can no longer tick dinosaurs like Suchomimus and Tarbosaurus off my bucket list, but I can always buy similar remains legally. 4. Adding to the above, I would like to get rid of some purchases I made in the past that seem to me now like poor choices, cluttering up an otherwise good collection. Some of these I will sell (not via the forum as I only accept local pickups) but have had no success to so far, others will be given away as they don't have much value. Does anyone have any suggestions as how I could get rid of these "cluttering" pieces? Just wanted to get all this off my chest. Thanks in advance to those who answer the questions I have.
  19. New custom display case

    I just picked up a display case for my newly acquired Hyphalosaurus (see this link for the story of how I found it) I commissioned a local carpenter to build it for me, he did a great job, I will certainly use his services again in the future. I might make a stand for it but haven't decided yet.
  20. A little off topic, but very excited about my equus hoof find. Now need to find a case for it to keep it safe. It's 3 1/2" x 3 5/8" x 2 1/4" high. Riker doesn't make a box that deep. Any ideas?. Right now just wrapped in bubble. Thank you.
  21. Steppe Bison Horn

    I recently had my brother-in-law build a display case for my bison horn. I had to move/remove a lot of fossils from the shelf to make room but it seems to display rather well.
  22. Most of you may have heard of Nicholas Steno, a Catholic saint that also was involved in discovering the origin of fossils. His dissection of a shark lead him to realize the origin of fossil shark teeth on areas that were now land. These were popularly thought of as being petrified snake tongues, which they called "glossopetrae." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Steno He published a book of his observations, which included some lovely illustrations of the shark and fossil shark teeth. I cleaned up some of these images digitally, and used one of his as a backing to a framed megladon tooth. Anyway, there is how it came out. I had shutterfly.com print the images 8x10 for me, and put it in a shadowbox frame. It was pretty easy, pm me if you want a hires version digital of the background images. Here is the image for the background (send me a PM and I will e-mail you the hi-res version suitable for printing): Here is another one of Steno's images that would be a good alternate background to use (PM me for the hires version):
  23. Shop Upgrade

    The shop got an upgrade this week. Mount making just got easier with a new 2 burner propane forge. This will allow me to shape steel for mounts and stands much more efficiently than the old coal forge I was using. I can also modify/make specialty digging tools now! The options are limitless...
  24. 2 new shark teeth displays.

    2 new shark teeth displays. Yesterday I finished my “homemade” riker mounts for my shark teeth. Due that those displays are hard to find in my area, I went to the IKEA for photo frames, I found some where there was more or less 1cm between the bottom and the glass. I also had some soft foam left from extractor hoods that would fit perfectly. At my first attempt I noticed that the foam wasn’t exerting enough pressure against the glass to keep the teeth in fixed position. ( some of the teeth sided to the bottom of the frame) This was solved by adding a simple piece of cardboard behind the foam and compressing the whole. This is the last result ( note that there are 2 ray teeth still sliding away, I’ll have to adjust this a little) The 1st ones are Belgian Miocene teeth the 2nd ones are Belgian eocene teeth and fish remains: Cheers, Kevin.
  25. Anyone know of an Aussie supplier of Riker mounts? I'm looking at getting some overseas but the shipping is killing me.