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  1. Hi all! Thought I would start documenting my trilobite preps. Here is #1, a Calymene breviceps from the Waldron shale, Indiana, and my first real prep. This is about 15 hours using hand tools primarily and a dremel for clearing some of the original matrix. My fingertips are sore, but lots of fun was had! Very exciting to see this feller reemerge after 400,000,000 years! Now to track down some other unprepared trilobites…. Trickier part of the operation…
  2. Here we see a middle Cretaceous ammonite I recently found. Before cleaning attempt And the other picture is after. I used a dremel and various bits. I wouldn't rate it 100% bad since it is my first attempt using power tools, however I would not recommend it. It lacks accuracy and sometimes the bit moves unpredictably, removing fossil material. Nevertheless, the sample was not something I intended to keep in my collection so I thought to give it a try and verify myself the advice so many people give. Use an airscribe!
  3. cngodles

    Die Grinders or Dremel?

    Hello all, I've done a bit of light prepping, but not much grinding. My typical matrix is a cement like limestone matrix that is hard to get things out of. You just sort of have to hope things come out clean. I bought an air scribe and use it often. It's not easy work, but eventually things can come out pretty clean. I have a couple of pin vices, but they are almost of no use with this matrix, there is so much calcite. I use them more often for shale. I use a battery and wired Dewalt grinder with a cement/granite cutting wheel to remove specimens from larger
  4. I just wanted to give a product recommendation here. I was looking for a finer tip for my Dremel engraver so I could work on smaller areas without fear of damage. I was recommended this guy (from our favorite auction site) by a fellow member. I was a little skeptical at first since it's hand crafted, but I figured hey why not, costs about what I spend on coffee every day. But I must say, this is one of the best purchases I've made. It outperforms the standard tips by several factors. Not only does it allow you to work on tighter areas, but it is very long, which increa
  5. I have recently begun my journey into fossil prep, i'm using a dremel electric engraver as it seemed to be the best cheap tool. I have several ammonites from Yorkshire within nodules - these are very hard in the centre and consist of pyritised sediment. It is taking a very long time with the dremel using tungsten-carbide point, so just asking for any advice on how is best to try and get through these very hard bits. Cheers in advance!!
  6. degrbi

    Newbie Prepper

    Hello. I am setting up to finally prepare some of the fossils that have been languishing in my collection in desperate need of exposure. I live within a few miles of one of the premier Devonian formations in the northeast USA, (Hamilton Group) of Penn Dixie fame, and I have always lamented my inability to pull out the best from my finds. I have begun to accumulate equipment. I will list what I have so far, and I am open to suggestions as far as what direction to go from here. Already have: A room, far from the rest of the household, where the noise from the equipme
  7. MrBones

    Fossil prep.

    Hello, I would like to know if I can use regular drill bits on my dremel. I have a fossil that is currently soaking in soapy water to loosen up the sediment (likely made up of hardened clay with shell peices embedded into it). There is quite a bit of rock and I was wondering if I can use a drill bit on a dremel to shave off most of the rock. I do not want to chisel the fossil as I have tried this with similar fossils and have ended up cracking them. Feel free to critisize my methods as I am new to this and would like to learn.
  8. LiamL


    Hey all, quick prep question. I’m looking at buying this dremel set with these accessories. I want it for smoothing (removing pen marks) polishing and sharpening the tip of my TT. Would i need to buy anything else to do this or is everything in this set? This is for hard Yorkshire Coast material Thanks
  9. As I'm fairly new to prep, I thought I would "show my work." This is far from anything professional looking. I am also not using a good enough blasting medium. But it does look a bit better. This is a roller found from Penn Dixie. There are still some trouble spots, and some very stubborn stuff on the glabella that just won't blast away. I am using a mix of approaches from needles/picks, Dremel, pliers, and air abrasion. Total time about 40 minutes.
  10. Hello, this is my first time using a dremel to prepare fossils. I decided to begin testing the dremel on an enrolled trilobite with partial cephalon because I thought it would the easiest and it was already missing pieces. So far I am happy with the results, however, it's very difficult to get into tight areas with the factory issued tip (also I wish I would have started on a less anatomically complex position!) Anybody have suggestions on where to find fine tipped carbide needles for the dremel? can't seem to find any anywhere..Or other alternative methods ..I can't afford an air scribe right
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