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Found 8 results

  1. Labeling schemes

    My collection is starting to become large enough that I'm getting worried about forgetting where something was collected. I bought some titanium white acrylic paint and paintbrushes to label my fossils, so now all I need is a labeling scheme. I was curious what you found worked best for your collection?
  2. Hello all, I started collecting fossils as a hobby a few years ago, trusting sources without question. I recently bought my first expensive fossil (Keichousaurus) online. I know they are often faked (or at least heavily restored) so I want to confirm that mine is legitimate. I did a scrape test which revealed more bone so that was good. However, I did an acetone test on a couple of the bones and the bones faded a little bit and the q tip I used picked up some dark grey/black. I also tried it on the matrix in three places which pulled up even more black on the q tip (more than the fossil had done). I was wondering if this is normal or not. Can you please help me determine if my Kiechousaurus is genuine? The picture shows one arm untouched (the top of the picture) which you can see is a bit darker than the bottom arm which has been swiped with acetone. Thanks for your help!
  3. I just used Acetone to remove a penmark from my Mosasaur jaw. Before After It seems to have worked very well and makes it looks better. Would the same process work for checking for any paint that might have been but on a Keichousaurus without damaging anything?
  4. Hello. I'm considering this Keichousaurus hui. I think the bones look original, the toes all have the right shape. My main area of concern is the skull because it looks a little fishy. Any help is appreciated!
  5. Disguising glue lines

    Hi all, I'd like to blend some glue lines on a piece I had prepped recently. I've read that painting over them with a mixture of elmers white glue, powdered matrix and water can give a fairly good, reversible finish and is cheap! I was just wondering what sort of ratios to go for if anyone has any idea? Cheers, Matt
  6. My first cast and paint EVER!

    Last Saturday I decided to try something new. I had made a couple of plaster casts in the past, but NEVER painted any before. I don't like painting the walls in my house so never though I would enjoy painting a replica but by golly it was a BLAST! To start with the casting I made 5 teeth, and 3 broke, but 2 came out somewhat decent. I decided to paint my 3 broken ones first just to try it. The fourth tooth in the pictures is a REAL fossil rom Hell Creek, not a cast! I did not have it with me while I was painting so I was just trying to go off of memory. I used a matte sealer for the root, and a high gloss sealer for the crown. They both have a shine to them though! Tell me what you guys and gals think! I promise I won't be offended, in fact if you can offend me you have done something no one has done before! Hmm which one is real? Nope not this one. It could use a little more blending at the crown and root I think. The mold I used seems a bit fabricated from the real deal, but it looks nice! I think the white I added on the tips bothers me the most, but I was trying to give it that shine. Lets see what the real deal looks like. Not the greatest trike tooth out there, but its nice! No idea what is going on with this side of it. A little enamel peel, but it is to be expected. I thought I remembered the crown being darker? Eh, its still a cool piece!
  7. Five days left!!

    There only 5 days left to enter the paleopumpkin decoratingcarving contest!!!! There only ONE entry and I have more items for the swag box!!!! Don't let caldigger win by default!!!!!!!!!
  8. Mosasaur painting on stone.

    My first mosasaur paint. Acrylic on stone. This was fun!
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