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  1. After my first glimpse of The Lost World of Fossil Lake by Lance Grande (if you don’t have it, get it at any price!), I was hooked on Green River fossils. Here is the first one I prepared myself. I bought it directly from one of several “storied” Wyoming quarries. It is from the 18-inch layer and is not found by splitting the fish but by detecting the raised surface of the skull and vertebrae. Then one must somehow scrape away the relatively soft matrix to expose the fossil below (perhaps 1 to 5mm deep). The tools I used are pine vises that held sewing needles. If I could safely scrape away la
  2. I recently completed my first fossil prep. Woohoo! As a novice, I did a lot of reading and research; trying to piece together exactly what I was supposed to do. How exactly I was supposed to "prep" the fossil and what that process entailed. While I found a wealth of information here on TFF, and other avenues, that information took a while for me to uncover and assemble into something useful. Not that the information itself wasn't useful, but uncovering a bit of info would often cause even more questions to arise. Consequently, it sometimes felt like taking 1 step forward but 3 steps back at th
  3. Hello TFF friends! Fossil Preparation has been something I have delved into on a surface level since I do not have the money to purchase air scribes and abrasives yet. So far I have been using a carbide scriber and some chisels or a dremel for larger matrix removal. Now I am looking to upgrade a bit and get a pin vise, they seem quite versatile and pretty cheap. I have found a vise that I think will be good for now, but I am now facing the task of finding needles to use with it. Can anyone recommend any good pin vise needles? I am looking to use them on matrix of diff
  4. jort68

    First try, not awful

    Hey Preppers, I was looking into beginners prep yesterday and found a good equipment survey on the nautiloid network, here's the link in case you might be interested. I tracked down a pin vise in the house and started picking away at this miocene clam I collected over the winter at the Topanga formation in Topanga canyon, CA. Picked off the sandstone and I think it looks a bit better this way Thanks for looking. Before: After:
  5. Hey everybody! I realized I never made a thread for my internship at the Field Museum in Chicago this summer. I interned as a fossil preparator under Akiko Shinya in the McDonald’s Fossil Preparation Laboratory (that’s the “fish bowl” lab on the second floor right next to Evolving Planet with the big window). There were some amazing things being prepared in the lab - an Antarctic Lystrosaurus, lots of Dicynodonts, Green River fish (some massive Phareodus), Sauropod femurs and ribs, a massive slab containing several sturgeon and paddlefish - but I’m not sure if I am allowed to post p
  6. Sagebrush Steve

    Sharpening Tool Bits

    I've been prepping a Green River fish from the 18" layer. It is one of the unprepped slabs I bought at the Tucson Fossil Show. I've been prepping it by hand using a couple of pin vises with carbide needles I bought from Paleotools. It's slow going doing it by hand but it keeps me busy. Last night one of the needles chipped out a piece from the tip. I tried sharpening it with an ordinary file but it didn't make a dent. So I went over to the local Harbor Freight and picked up a Diamond Honing Block . By using one of their ubiquitous 20% off coupons it cost me only a little over $10. It w
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