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  1. Hello everyone! Just got home from my weekly vacation and started immediately the preparation. The matrix is soft, mostly loose sandstone and once wet you can process it easier. Right now I have no power tools, only some screw drives and picks. The process seems that will take a lot of time. Any advice is welcome. I also need advice concerning some issues. 1. One urchin that after making it wet, a crack was revealed. There is possibility that the crack expanded by half millimeter. How I treat that? Naturally dry it and application of 20% paralo
  2. Yoda

    Flaking finds

    So last week I went on my 2nd collecting trip to Yaxley. Was a bit disappointed. Didn’t find much. Just a clam, and this ammonite and gastropods The ammonite and gastropods are very flakey. If you barely touch them, some of the white material comes away What is the best way to stabilise them?
  3. Bone 1

    Bone 2

    This piece broke. 3.5” long approximately. It sounds like rock when you flick it. Again, maybe that’s normal but I don’t know. I would like to know how old it may be. I can only add some pictures due to the pic MBs. The rest I will add in the reply section of this pic.
  4. Hello TFF members - I'm in need so some advice on this one please. So this is my first post (happy to be corrected on any newbie errors) and although preparation is my favourite part of the fossil game, I am 'fairly' new to it - In other words, please go easy on me, I'm aware it's going to be all too tempting to say I've bitten off more than I can chew here... I recently purchased this Mosasaur skull from a well known European fossil auction site; you may have seen it yourself if you follow such things. It wasn't 'hugely' expensive, but that doesn't mean I'm not seri
  5. Hi All, I was given this fish as a present for Xmas. It is labelled as: Syngatus sp, Miocene, Nevada USA The matrix seems very soft and fragile. How would I stabilise it and give it more strength. Thanks
  6. So... This specimen is currently in ID- section here, but since it doesnt have any suggestions, I figured out that I should try to get some more features to help IDing. This is from northern Germany. I found this little stone and after a while, I decided to smash this into another rock. It kinda worked and this is what was in there. The fossil itself is quite fragile, and I accidentally managed to swipe lots of the material away from the other half. That was poor handling from my part.. :S I must say that Im quite inexperienced (only "re-prepped" one Otodus tooth which had some fea
  7. FossilNerd

    Should I Consolidate?

    I recently purchased this Alethopteris sp. at a local fossil show. It is typical of shale found in St. Clair Pennsylvania being beautiful, but also very fragile. It’s my first plant fossil that isn’t petrified wood so I’m very excited about it! My question to all you experienced preppers out there is... Should I consolidate it? It has the characteristic layering associated with shale, which tend to split and come apart easily. I don’t plan on the piece being handled much, if at all, but don’t want it falling to pieces in a few years as it sits in my display case. If best practi
  8. Ptychodus04

    Mammoth Tusk Prep

    @StevenJDennis brought me quite the project. It's a central Texas mammoth tusk that is in terrible shape! Texas tusks are as close to the complete opposite in preservation as compared to Siberian or Alaskan tusks. They are always brittle, broken, and just looking for an excuse to fall apart. Props to Steven for rescuing this monster from a terrible fate in the back of an old man's shed! The pics below show the tusk in the sate of preservation as they arrived to me. I have spent the last week with the fragments on end literally pouring medium viscosity PVA solution (about as thick a
  9. Yoda

    Fragile plant help

    Hi, I am after a bit of advice please. Finally got out on a collecting trip at the dump of an abandoned coal mine. Plenty of plant material but it is very very fragile. Some of the pieces literally disintegrated as I lifted them up. So my initial thought is that with the specimens I have, how do I go about preserving them - prevent further cracking and flaking. I will tackle the broken ones at a later stage. The specimen in the photo is roughly 10 cm. Most of them are similar size or smaller. Any advice appreciated
  10. thelivingdead531

    Preserving fragile shells

    Yesterday I picked up several shells from the Red Crag formation at Walton on the Naze that are incredibly fragile. What is the best way to preserve them to keep them from falling apart? I already crumbled a few while rinsing them in water, I am hoping to keep the rest intact lol.
  11. moriniboy

    Pteranodon bone

    From the album: Nigel's album

    Wall thickness is very thin and fragile, consolidated for strength and then left well alone. Location of find USA
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