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  1. Thank you all for being incredibly helpful. I have a Paasche Air Eraser on the way and I have seen pictures of people using Hyperdermic needles as nozzles but I haven't seen how they do it or where they get the needles. Can someone point me to a tutorial? I have checked Google and searched this forum, the best I have found is the end result of what it looks like. Thanks, Adam
  2. I've found air scribes and I've found pneumatic engravers and I've found air scribes / pneumatic engravers. What is the difference in what happens at the tip? I can't find a clear explanation. Thanks, Adam
  3. I have a garage and a workbench, what should I look for in an air abrasion cabinet? I will be dealing mostly with small invertebrates, should I have a flat cabinet or one with a slanted top? What size is practical (trying to picture working with tools inside the cabinet)? Thank you, Adam
  4. Just as the title reads, does anybody know where to buy a Vibro-Graver?
  5. I've been watching some really great videos on prepping fossils using micro media blasting air pens and air scribes. The equipment needed for this seems quite expensive and not something I'm willing to invest in, just yet. What are some tools and techniques one can use to clean up, let's say, a small trilobite, that doesn't require air power?
  6. I recently got round to prepping a few ammonites from my collection - I collected them during the summer (August) at the Yorkshire Coast (UK), but have only just got round to prepping them. I thought I'd share them with you. I'm not an experienced prepper, so I was practising on these ammonites. I am pleased with how they turned out, although I still have a little bit of work to finish some of them off. If anyone else wants to share their Yorkshire ammonites that would be great; once we get a thread going I'll post some of my other specimens. All of these ammonites are from the Lias of the
  7. jualhadun87

    Green River Fish Prep Kit

    Hello! I wanted to share and get advice on my preparation of a Green River fish fossil purchased in a kit. I have never done anything like this prep job before and I am hoping to learn on this piece so I can work on some nicer pieces. Here is the kit as it came in the mail: And here is the contents of the box. Most of it is fluff (a book mark, window sticker, some random fossils in a bag etc) and the tools are obviously the most basic available. The "multitool" is an acid brush with a nail hammered into the end and some material stuff in the handle to hold it in place. It also has a "
  8. NZ_Fossil_Collecta

    Spino Teeth Sand Removal

    ok, so I bought this spinosaurus tooth, but now I want to remove the sand & dirt. I do not have expensive tools such as airblasters etc, but i do have tweezers, tooth cleaning bristles (with a wire inside), a small paintbrush, and if you can suggest any other household items that would be great. I would like to know how to remove the sand and dirt without endangering the tooth too much. thanks.
  9. Our Winter Fossil Prep/Display Project My wife and I are spending the "off season" collecting site ideas for spring/summer, getting ideas and tips from friends on the Fossil Forum (thanks to all!). We are also teaching ourselves how to prep some of our 2012 finds and developing ways to display our fossils. One concept is to drill holes through fossil assemblages and display them on a steel rod mounted on a wooden platform. I'm currently experimenting with this and will post if successful. We have about a dozen pieces from one of our favorite Devonian sites - nice death assemblages, mostly b
  10. snolly50

    Crab Preparation

    Which way is up? Is there any convention for guessing which way a crab is oriented within a nodule? It would be desirable to prep "down" to reveal the carapace, leaving the ventral aspect encased in the matrix. But which surface is the correct one? Of course, the "right" choice is a 50/50 shot, but is there any way to improve those odds?
  11. Wondering if fossils could be damaged by prolonged sun exposure. Should collections be placed away from the sun rays?
  12. Piranas Trilobite in Ironstone prep from a few days ago got me inspired to pull out an Ironstone module I had from Bolivia that I had put away due to frustration some time ago it was super hard matrix and the fossil itself was crumbly. Anyway here is the before prep picture I am not totally sure of the identity, when I purchased the nodule (20 nodules for $50.00 on ebay) it was described as Eldridgia venustus a very common Bolivian trilobite but the cephalon and eye doesn't seem quite right to me for that identity so please so jump in if you have any thoughts. It took about two hours to g
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