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Bleaching fossils with heat
Denis Arcand posted a topic in General Fossil DiscussionRocks are handy for a campfire. A common use for stones in a campfire is to create a protective ring around the flame. This ring serves two purposes: Creates a barrier between the fire and the rest of the forest, keeping the rest of the woods safe. Creates a wind barrier that can help light the fire, especially in wet and windy conditions Whatever the reason, someone made a campfire at my fossil dig site, it's a small secluded beach along a river. A nice place to make a campfire. By the way, I noticed that a rock they used to make the protective ring around the flame, had very dist
Question about Moroccan trilobites
fossilhunter21 posted a topic in Fossil PreparationHey everyone! So recently I purchased some unprepared Moroccan trilobites. I am having a very hard time preparing them and am making a lot of mistakes. And I was just wondering if these maybe are not the best for practice for a beginner, or is it just me? Thanks, @fossilhunter21
Will Vinegar Destroy Impressions?
bamontgomery posted a topic in Fossil PreparationHi, all. My family and I only got into fossil hunting in July, but we already have made a few trips to collect them since them. Most of what we've found are small impressions in larger rocks. It's nothing that would likely impress anyone here, but we like them. We would like to clean them, and I have seen a few YouTube videos showing how to use vinegar to remove dirt and some of the surrounding surrounding rock. If I put a fossilized impression in vinegar for a few hours, would it destroy it? If so, what would be the best way to clean/prepare them?
Preparing acanthodian fossils from the Tillywhandland quarry.
James_R_V posted a topic in Fossil PreparationDid some fossil hunting at the tillywhandland quarry near Forfar during the weekend and found of partially exposed acanthodian fossils. I just wandering if anyone could give me some advice on how to expose the fossils without damaging them. Someone mention that I could use acid to expose them, but I have been reading that potassium hydroxide could do just as well. The fossil are in clastic carbonate laminates.
"Preparing" teeth in matrix for beginners
jdiaz55 posted a topic in Fossil PreparationHi all! I am new to the forum and relatively new to fossil collecting. I would like to try my hand at preparation, but am not sure where to start. It seems like purchasing mosasaur teeth still embedded in matrix and slowly working to get them out might be a good way to practice with cheap and easily obtainable fossils, but I do not know how to go about this. In my head I imagine purchasing a few 20-30 dollar teeth with matrix, chisels, and scribers to be a great and (relatively) cheap way to begin practicing various techniques that I intend use for the rest of my life, is there any
Current Prep Thread
DanJeavs posted a topic in Fossil PreparationSo, what do we all havecurrently on the prep table? Be interesting to see what challenges await everybody. My current piece is this bone block, most likely ichthyosaur rib. A few scattered ammonites from the genus Dactylioceras sp. if expecting to probably found more bone further in all being well, probably a vert or two and some more ribs.
Still_human posted a topic in General Fossil DiscussionThis tooth can be cleaned off more than this, cant it? It looks like there's plenty that is layered on top of the actual tooth that should be able to be removed, but I know it's not always as easy as that. And of course, not just if it CAN be removed, but removed safely? More to the point-safely by an amature?
KatzFeldkurat posted a topic in Fossil PreparationHello! I hope there is room for this topic in here. I collect fossils since years, and began preparing for a year, but I always thrown away broken pieces. Now I found a totally new species of Clypeaster in one of my regularly visited locality (only this one in 8 years), but sadly a piece is missing (I saw it bouncing down the wall, and never found the white fragment amids of thousands of white rubbish...was so angry..). So I began to think about restoration, not just preparation. I want to find a way of restoring this piece for my collection, instead of dump it away.
Preparing Hauterivian & Barremian Heteromorphs
KatzFeldkurat posted a topic in Fossil PreparationGreetings! I mentioned in another topic, that I will post some of my heteromorph findings and prepwork. The locality is in Hungary, and is an abandoned quarry that produced cement for the local factory. It is rich in fossils, but it was a big underwater slope, and because of this the fossils only found in shallow beds, between redeposited layers of "nothing" and always in condensed form, and the bigger pieces fossilized mainly in fragments. Another problem is, that the compressed marls contains only stone molds, sometimes with slick&slides on them, and the matrix and
andytaylor756 posted a topic in Fossil PreparationHello! I was wondering whether anyone knows of anyone in the UK who will split and prepare a nodule for me? Thanks! Andy
Preparing Phacops PD
Fossil-Hound posted a topic in Fossil PreparationI have by good fortune acquired a few decent Devonian Phacops trilobite specimens from the Penn Dixie Quarry in Hamburg, NY. One particular rock has a few decent Phacops embedded directly in the rock. I wanted to know what the steps are for preparing these fossils, or if I should just send them to a preparer. Please provide any advice you can. Thank you. I have a bunch of fossils and am new to the preparing process.
Never Even Thought About Preparing A Fossil In Her Life; Need Some Assistance, Please!
Triflin_Trilobite posted a topic in Fossil PreparationHello forum! So about a week ago, a couple friends and I went out to the Mazonia-Braidwood Fish and Wildlife Area in Illinois to do some amateur fossil hunting (first time for all of us). I was so excited when, at our first site, I found a pair of trilobites on the same rock and a few feet away there was the top half of the rock with their impressions. First of all, I love trilobites. I'm currently reading the book by Richard Fortey, Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution, and I hope to be able to study them somewhere along in my educational career. So far, I've identified these little guys as