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  1. This is a recent prep I undertook - a rather incomplete specimen of a Chonetes bastini, a species of brachiopod from the Leighton Formation. I picked this one as a practice piece to try some new techniques on, and was hoping for any tips on different finishes for the matrix. I have heard that beeswax was often used for the matrix to make it appear darker, but did not know the proper methods or appliance techniques. Any thoughts on the finished product are also appreciated! The specimen itself is missing the upper right left of its shell, and only has two spines present (upper rig
  2. Recently recieved a nice little package of lance creek lag formation matrix for me and a close friend to look through. I personally never handled a tough hard more dry matrix like this as I'm mostly a creek digger and my friend she is a complete amateur so this will be her first time. I'm looking for any helpful tips on how to approach such matrix. It came with two wooden sticks and some strange glue made of beads that I heard u would need acetone to break down, and if that's the case what would be the proper amount to mix? Also would it be a good idea to use the wooden stick
  3. Hey everyone! Sorry it has been so long since I last posted. I have been so busy with school, family life, and lots of technical problems. But I finally was able to finish my video and I am so excited to share my work with all of you! This video is about my latest fossil cleaning, It is my favorite trilobite to date! It is actually a complete body fossil, not just a shell, or a piece of one. I did learn a few new things this time. I had some trouble with this one because the air scribe I have is not not suited for microscopic fossils, which is what I am cleaning up. Because of
  4. Hello everyone! Sorry that it has been a while since I posted. I have been so busy with school. Physics keeps me pretty busy lol! So I have been working on my trilobites. This time I found out that working with the air abrasive it can be good to point the air parallel with the grooves of the trilobite. This way I can maximize the removal of the matrix and minimize the removal of the actual fossil. Because the angle of the air abrasive is parallel the force vector has a minimal contact with the fossil and maximum effect. Check out my video and see what I was able to do! And a big th
  5. I got this eurypterid this weekend at a fossil show. Considering the price of the other eurypterids there I think I got a good deal at $30. But the reason I'm posting this here is because I want to know what or if I should do to clear some sediment off of the fossil. I haven't really done much with preparing fossils so I figured I'd hear what you all have to say. Thanks in advance.
  6. So glad I joined the forum recently. Years ago, I was an undergraduate in PA in Geology, and finished some other degrees in Climatology along the way. Although my academic geology days are gone, I collected a lot and visited areas along the east coast, including the now defunct Fruitville Quarry for the Kinzers formation - and finally did some field work in Montana (I will post another thread shortly about a fossil I found in Elk Basin that I would love some pointers on). I found these bones in Maryland along the coast around 7 years ago. My notes are poor, but I believe them to be from the
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