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  1. I normally clean my North Sulphur River fossils with a little Simple Green and warm water but it doesn't seem to work on the freshly exposed fossils with the hard grey shale on them. What is something safe that I can try without damaging my finds? All feedback is appreciated.
  2. Exogyra Prep Question

    I recently found this cluster of Exogyra at the North Sulphur River Texas. I would like to clean it up some so I could see them all and display it. What's the best way for a beginner to prep a piece like this? Sorry for the poor quality photo.
  3. My First Fossil Prep Job

    So, here's my first fossil prep job. I kinda broke a rule of prep... I used acetic acid (CAREFULLY) on an echinoid. It worked out pretty well. Here are before & after pics. Kinda washed out from the flash, but it can't be helped. Scale in photos is a cm ruler.
  4. Need Help Preserving Osteoderm!

    I was hunting the peace river a few days ago and found an osteoderm. I was overjoyed to be able to add it to my collection. I have wanted one since I started collecting! When I pulled it it was in great condition. I left it in a zip lock baggie so it had some moisture on the way home. I took it out and let it dry on my desk away from direct sunlight. i was picking some debris from the holes and noticed a very tiny hairline crack. Today it has grown much larger and seems to continue to widen. I don't know what to do as I am a nube. What can I do to save my osteoderm? What did I do wrong? What should I have done? What should I do in the future with specimens like this? (Sub dermal wet bone) Please help.
  5. I had bought a handful unprepped Green river fish last week from a fellow member (Thanks Ron). The goodie package arrived Saturday morning. But all of Saturday was a crazy mess due to my girlfriend's twins birthday party. And anyone that knows trying to handle 8+ nine year olds is just short of hair pulling madness, especially when my gf decided to hop them up on a buffet of candy. So i didn't even get the chance to open the package..... Sunday i slept in (it was justified), but i remembered my box of fish. The gf and the kids were off shopping with their bday money and my 16 month old son was at Grandma and Grandpa's house, so yeah it was a joyous day of laziness. So i decided to prep out some fish. I started with the two smallest just to get a feel for it. I simply used an upholstery needle and toothbrush for the prep. I later "enhanced" them a bit were the fish bits had flaked off on me using watered down acrylic paints. Slow and steady definitely wins this race. One fish the face wasn't fully intact, so i had to make due. They're not the best, but they sure are fun to do! Edit: This is highly recommended for any amateur fossil enthusiast. No expensive prep tools are needed. And sorry i regretfully didn't take any before pics. They basically were covered in matrix. The only sign of them was a raised line (vertebrae) and a faint outline of fins and the heads. I'll take before and after pics of my other larger ones.
  6. So, I purchased a very nice upper P2 woolly mammoth tooth, but it appears that whoever prepped it got a little overzealous with the glue/resin. There are some globs on the side and top that are actually white from how much they used. Not sure what type of glue they used. Any ideas on how I can safely remove the excess without damaging the fossil?
  7. Polished Kauri Gum

    Ok, so a few of you have heard me rambling on about that Kauri gum i found a while ago but up until now i haven't got around to giving you pictures. well, here is a picture of a polished piece of the stuff. ~90% of the lump we found was milky and mostly opaque but there was a large pocket of clearer copal in one part, the piece in the picture is a piece of that pocket. i then polished it up with Brasso and a rag, and now it shines beautifully. me, and occasionally my friends, will be hunting for some more of the copal so you can expect to see more pictures in future. Insects, you ask? as of yet, i have not looked at it under the microscope.
  8. New Microblaster

    Well I finally took the plunge and ordered a micro blaster unit. Any helpful hints will be greatly appreciated!! It is from a company named Eons Ago. I am just getting started with this level of prep, so if anyone has experience with these units please tell me the good and the bad. Thanks
  9. I've been experimenting with DMSO as a sandstone disaggregate and would like to know if anyone has experience with this method. Specifically, I would like to begin using it to recover microfossils but am concerned about the loss of vertebrates in the process.