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  1. I'm looking for suggestions and recommendations on how to repair this fossil I just found. It's got 4 crabs and an insect on the matrix, but it is cracking on top in several places, and it will fall apart easy if I'm not extremely careful. What is the best way to seal these cracks? Glue? What kind? Thanks in advance for help.
  2. Hi everyone, I went fossil hunting on the Yorkshire Coast a few days ago and picked up plenty of Dactylioceras ammos but not much else. Among them are these two which both cracked after an exploratory 'tap' with the hammer. I have never glued broken ammonites together for prep before but have seen it spoken about a lot. I have a few questions about how to approach this. Firstly, do you think these specimens are viable? The other issue is that I only have a Dremel to prep with so even if I glue them back together there will be an awful lot of matrix to remove..
  3. Nipponites

    Remove glue from trilobites

    Hello, I have recently acquired three calymenes from Morocco, one of them was broken (or composited), and glued. To hide the glue, it was covered with mud, and after removing the glue I discovered an awful white glue. I tried to dissolve the glue by leaving the fossil in acetone for a whole day, then I left the it in alcohol for another whole day, and nothing happened. I finally soaked it in hot water but another time nothing happened. Does anyone know how to remove it? Thanks!
  4. Hello, I heard you can use "all purpose glue" that's apparently used in schools, mixed with acetone to make a cheap consolidant. I need a lot of the stuff for a pretty "far gone" fossil. I think I managed to find something, but I am still unsure whether or not I could use it (if it's the right type of glue). (What I need) (What I found)
  5. This may be familiar to most people who use paraloid dissolved in acetone. It is now familiar to me. Acetone trumps crazy glue. If you take a specimen held together in one place by crazy glue and submerge it in paraloid/acetone to consolidate it, the pieces that were held together by crazy glue will no longer be so. When you take your specimen out of the solution, the paraloid won’t have dried yet, and so you can’t count on paraloid’s adhesive qualities to compensate for the now-missing crazy glue. No big harm done, luckily. And now I know. I may have read this somewhere already on t
  6. I have a few pleistocene bones and large shell fragments that are fractured, and I'm unclear on the best way to repair them. I've read many topics on the forum about the importance of consolidation and materials to use, and I have materials on order, so I should be able to get started soon. But I'm a little unclear on the process if the bone is in two or three pieces. If you have a completely broken bone, should you consolidate the broken pieces separately first (i.e. in an acetone/butvar mix), then glue them back together with something like CA glue? Or would the cons
  7. Over the years ive seen or heard of all kinds of glues used to fix/stabilize/repair fossils. One of the best ive found over the years is Cyanoacrylate. This glue comes in different viscosities. Its the thin viscosity that can be rather difficult at times. Ive seen guys use this glue for fish slabs that are starting to delaminate and it goes through the slab and onto their pant leg and glues everything together. Can be quite funny. Ive done the very same thing. What many people dont realize is that this glue can BURN! This last winter with -35 degree temperatures one of my bottles of gl
  8. Mantelliceras

    Big Ammonite Repair Adhesive

    Hello everyone! I managed to bring home this crazy guy, the problem is that it was so big it broke in pieces when extracting it. I've been using "Loctite Super Glue 3" (ethyl cyanoacrylate) for repairing my fossils until now and it worked pretty well. However, this one might be too heavy I'm afraid it wont be enough to keep the pieces together and it can be dangerous (since the whole fossil probably weights over 70 lbs). There are also some cracks I would like to fill, I heard a technique where you ground some matrix rock to dust and then use that powder to make a glue that has the e
  9. I know that a trilobite in limestone is found by breaking the rock, seeing its cross section in the pieces, and noting where it is. Then it is prepared by gluing the rocks back together and using jacks and air abrasion tools to remove the rock. My question: What sort of glue is used when gluing the rock back together? What set time does it have?
  10. Jurassicz1

    Super glue turned white

    So i put some cyanoacrylate on a trilobite and somehow water got on it. No idea how but it turned white. How do i fix this? Should i remove all the glue or just the White parts. Should i use acetone or a pin vise? If i use a pinvise how do i not damage the fossil?
  11. So i prep with dental picks. Do i need a dust mask for it? Also i was putting small drops of glue cyanoacrylate i think its called. What happens if u breath in a little bit of glue? Is it dangerous?
  12. I have used this glue a few times before but on one of my finds its came out of the crack can i remove all glue and try again and Will it preserve fossils in the long run?
  13. Welsh Wizard

    Glueing Labels to Fossil

    Hi Does anyone know what is the best glue to use for glueing paper labels to fossils. Just like the victorians used to do. Thanks Nick
  14. Alessandro

    rock consolidation?

    Hello everybody! I have a fossil in a matrix and I want to keep and not to clean free. Does anybody know what to spray on a limestone matrix to consolidate it? Thanks!
  15. Im looking for some advice on alternative methods of removing excess super glue. This is a piece i have been prepping that has a lot of cracks running through it. I have been applying super glue In the crack on the outside of the concretion, then prepping down and exposing the desired area. The glue holds the cracked bone in place but its hard to judge from the outside how much glue to apply. This often results in excess build up on the bone. Typically i would use acetone to dissolve unwanted preservative or small amounts of glue but some of these build ups are rather thick. It was suggested t
  16. Wxman

    Crazy glue or epoxy?

    Hi all. I was hoping to find a pinned set of notes on when and how to use the various glues available for strengthening weak pieces, or repairing fractured ones; but there doesn't seem to be one. Can anyone point out a great thread, or chime in here on what you use and why you choose it in a given situation? Thanks.
  17. Hello all, Some friends of ours recently gave me this elephant tooth. I'm not sure if it fossilized, probably not. It is very delicate and full of cracks, is there any type of glue I can use to pour into the cracks to make the tooth stronger?
  18. jnicholes

    Preserving Fossils

    Hello, Just got back from Kemmerer Wyoming with 63 fish fossils. I was told by my dad's co-worker that using a 50/50 mixture of Elmer's glue, and water would make the fossils more durable and seal them. I'm curious about the process. How long do you let them soak in this mixture? Is it a good technique to use for my kinds of fossils? Any help will be appreciated, Jared
  19. Macrophyseter

    Removing putty-like adhesives

    I am wanting to remove this shark tooth for photography purposes, but it is attached to the display case via some putty-like adhesive. I haven't tried poking at it in fear of damaging the tooth (which is quite brittle), but it does appear to be somewhat hardened, although I may be wrong. Does anyone know how to best remove putties using household materials with minimal damage to the fossil? Any help is appreciated.
  20. Hey there, im hoping some of the clever folks here might be able to offer some advice on a prep im working on. Im currently prepping a large 150 - 200 pound block. In the initial prep, a part of the block cracked and opened up a small crevice. This crevice did not beak completely into two pieces, it was still held together by the un removed matrix surrounding the fossil. At the time, i didn't want this to slowly shake into a bigger crack or lose pieces due to the vibration of the air tools. There was/is a lot more prep to do and between prep and flipping over a large block i was worried about
  21. FossilsandScience

    Removal of Glue Marks

    I am trying to prepare this nice plant fossil I found in Wyoming, but can’t figure out how to remove the glue marks left over from stabilizing the fossilized piece of branch in the center. The glue marks are the dark area near the fossilized branch. Anyone have any advice?
  22. LiamL

    Glue!

    What glue do you recommend for fixing broken fossils?. The one i currently use is called gorilla glue but i'd like a colourless one.
  23. DanKurek

    Paraloid Glue

    G'day everyone! My dad and I have tried making some paraloid glue by mixing 25% paraloid with 75% acetone. The paraloid has been dissolving for a few hours and a thick solution with the consistency of wood glue has settled to the bottom. Do we use this thick solution at the bottom to glue and strengthen our fossils? Thanks, Dan
  24. Welsh Wizard

    Joining two pieces of bones

    Hi. Ive two pieces of dinosaur limb bone that I want to join together. The pieces are pretty heavy and about 4 inches in diameter. What’s the best way to do it? Ive been toying with drilling the bone and inserting a metal rod or just glueing but I don’t know which type of glue to use. I normally use superglue or paraloid for small pieces but this is a lot bigger than anything I’ve tried to join. thanks Nick
  25. Hi everyone, unfortunately today the tip of my spinosaurus tooth has broken off - its just under 7" and about 1-2" have broken off. I've read on here that paleobond is a really great adhesive to fix this however, being from the UK I've had a look and they don't ship to where I live - I have emailed if they are able to change this waiting on a reply. I was just wondering if anyone knows in the UK if there is anywhere I can go or a similar type of adhesive that will work just as well? Thank you in advance for any replies
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