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  1. Haravex

    Barasaurus prep thread

    So, I thought I would share this topic with you all. This is going to be the beginning of a long thread with any luck. This is the first one I have prepared, coming close to the end. It's turned out ok. I feel it could be better, While looking at multiple examples, and studying the bone through journals, previously prepped specimens, and other resources is great. It's a completely different game, learning to prepare first hand, and the differences in each nodule affecting position and rotation of the bones. So a friend of mine contacted me saying he had some unprepared
  2. Hi everyone, I need some help regarding my first preperation work. It's a Cuban Meg tooth in limestone. What is the best way to get the limestone off?
  3. DevonianDay


    Hey guys, I'm ridiculously new to fossils, and well I want to learn how to prepare my trilobites for display. May I have suggestions?
  4. I recently acquired some matrix with teeth from the Denver gem and fossil show this year. I’m unsure what is best to do. Leave everything in the rock, get the teeth out and see if I can find other fossils as well, or just prep the teeth out a little and leave them in the matrix. I have prepped a lot of Moroccan phosphate material but never something from the states. Also if anyone can help I.d any teeth that would be helpful. Here are a few of them.
  5. Hi all. I looked through a few pages of this forum, but couldn't find an answer to this question. I hope I'm not duplicating something asked and answered elsewhere. My family came across this mortality plate in Carfordsville, IL earlier this summer. We've already cleaned it off with water and a toothbrush, but I reached out to a geology expert at my state's museum to ask her what else we could do. She told me: "[T]he fossil is sitting in a rock that will dissolve in acid. If you want, you can try letting it soak for a bit in some dilute vinegar and water for a few hours at a time and then
  6. Hi guys Fairly new to this. Went to an abandoned sand stone quarry near me. Found loads of brachiopods and some criniod stems. But best of all this big clam. It might be hard to tell but theres a big brachiopod under that rock. Please can you share some tips for getting it out safely. Done as much as i feel comfy doing with my fossil hammer and chisel.
  7. I would really like to start prepping fossils (at least sometime next year) and I need some equipment that is not very loud. I am on a 200-300 dollar budget. I don't know if you can tell me this or not but does anyone know where I can get unprepped fossils, because I don't live in an area with very many unprepped fossils. Thank you in advance.
  8. I'm looking to clean 2 whale verts i found long ago. I am experienced with prepping mammoth and rhino teeth but not whale. Can anybody help me?
  9. This would be my first Mammoth Molar I'm preparing again in 10 years. My first one was a 10lb Mammoth molar. This one is quite small of course since it's from a calf. It has been laying in right water for 1,5 months and at the moment I'm glueing the last 4 pieces since it's precision work with this small piece. I'm really glad I picked up on this one (Found in Maasvlakte, Netherlands). I found it in pretty poor condition you guys can see in the pictures. But I have never seen this molar, so I'm amazed anyways! I will show you guys the full picture when it is all done!
  10. Hi Everyone, I have several verts that are encased within the red matrix from NSR. Has anyone soaked that in a vinegar solution? If so, did it work? Did it hurt the fossils? If there is another way to remove it let me know. Planko
  11. Neon

    I found a crab arm

    Im back at it again collecting more concretions. I found a bunch of small ones once again from the lincoln creek formation! But the wild thing is that I found this: Me and a bud were getting this concretion out of the rock when this arm was exposed. I plan to use a pin and hammer to get the tip of the claws out and I think I should super glue them onto the arm? And what can I do to preserve this arm because this is really cool.
  12. I've tried everything I can think of to remove this mud that is caked on so many of my newly acquired specimens. Every time I use my brush to remove the mud the fossils beneath become horribly disfigured. Any ideas for how to remove the mud and keep the fossil intact at the same time? I can't use water because the rock is soft and cracks when wet. Any brush recommendations? Currently I am using a standard paintbrush.
  13. FossilsandScience

    Fossil Shack Air Scribe

    Hey everyone! I am looking for an air scribe to help remove matrix from fossils I am prepping. I am looking at the Fossil Shack Air Scribe since it is within my budget and looks effective. Does anyone know if it is good? I am looking to prep White River formation matrix and Lance formation matrix. Thanks!
  14. Planko

    Electric Hand Chisel

    Hey all. I am looking at getting an electric hand held chisel. I have a few in mind but cannot find one with rock chisels for a hand held. Anyone have a suggestion. Yes, air with a compressor would be better but noise is an issue as I like working in the garage very early.
  15. Zenmaster6

    Fossil Preperation Help?

    So I had previously bought an electric diamond tip Dremel but I want to upgrade to a faster way to break off matrix because at this rate fossils are taking me 8+ hours for a mediocre job. I am now looking seriously into air scribes because their efficiency and ease on my hands and time. So I have a budget of around 400$ (total for the airscribe and compressor) I was looking into the Chicago pneumatic CP9361 which is 260$ on amazon but its from Hungary and the reviews say sometimes it doesn't work. And I saw another for 900$. So I am confused on how much this should cost. If I a
  16. Spoons

    Prepping in Graywacke

    Hi All! I live in Northern California, in the middle if the Fransician Complex, and a lot of the fossils that I encounter here are contained within very hard greywacke matrix. This stuff is incredibly well cemented together, and only becomes harder in concretions. This hard stone has prevented me from prepping these fossils. I'm unsure if an ascribe will work on greywacke, I've only seen references on this forum to use soft limestones and shales. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. -Nick
  17. Thought this would be an interesting one for anybody overseas, who has never heard of Yorkshire’s Golden Cannonballs. Theyre only found in the UK along the Yorkshire coastline. With a 1/15 chance of having something inside, it’s safe to say they can be quite rare, and are always sought after. More often than not, they either contain one, or multiples of Eleganticeras ammonites inside. I’ll never tire of finding them. Theyre found in the shake jet rocks, and take hours to polish up the iron pyrite to give them their golden glow of you like. Here’s one I recently prepared.
  18. fogo26

    Trilobite Prep. Help

    Hey all! I was looking for a bit of advice on the best way for me to clean up this Eldredgeops rana that I found in Paulding, Ohio just yesterday. Had to knock it out of a larger chunk of shale and luckily it came out clean. It is an inch across both ways. The only issue is there is still some shale in between the thorax segments, on the eyes and glabella, and covering what I am hoping to be a squished pygidium (fingers crossed). I have got some dental picks that I have used before but that's all I have as I can't afford any blasters of air scribes. I am just a bit nervous about us
  19. Hey folks, I was wondering how you guys would approach something like this (or if samples like this are even worth your time!) There's so much going on I'm a little confused as to how and where to start. would you remove the gastropods individually, break the rock apart, sacrifice the broken ones in the search for more complete specimens, leave it as is? I went through the pinned messages and learned a lot, but was curious if anyone's come across similar types of rock and could give some insight. My goal is to hopefully find and extract some of the more com
  20. DanJeavs

    Calcite ammonite prep

    I found this lovely calcite ammonite at Saltwick Bay along the Yorkshire coast of the UK a while back. There was no shell remaining from what I can tell, leaving just the calcite formed inside. Not sure if this is common at all?
  21. DanJeavs

    Eleganticeras Multiblock

    A few months back, I spent three days along the Whitby coastline. It was a very good three days of collecting, but my last find of them days, is to this day my best find. I had decided to head to Runswick Bay. My legs and back were exhausted, so decided the short walk to to car park would be fairly light on the legs. Now, in my experience, Runswick hasn’t really produced much in the past for me, so I hadn’t gotten my hopes up too much. So you can imagine my shock, when I see a rather large nodule day there in Situ. I’ll let the pictures say the rest
  22. Ksgal

    Preparing fossils

    I have never attempted to remove a fossil from rock. I don't have any tools, so I am looking to invest in tools needed. What's the best way to extract the fossil??
  23. Hi Everyone! I hope this finds everyone well and I love the new look! (thats how long Ive been gone) I was on here last year buggin everyone for tips on prepping and unfortunately, I work a job that does not allow me the time much time to prep during the summer, but I have been practicing a little here and there. I do have AWESOME NEWS! my amazing husband got me a CP9160!! (I actually squealed when i opened the box) I'm ready to hunker down with my magnifying light and prep! Here are 3 I have been practicing on, just getting the hang of the air scribe, and not blowing nacre to obli
  24. While doing a little fossil presentation to a local "Intro to Geology" class I did it..... Broke both eye stalks off this Asaphus kowalewskii. Any helpful tips from you folks regarding ways to align and hold the pieces while adhesive sets? And......lesson learned about transporting fragile specimens. :-(
  25. jgcox

    Prep Upgrades

    A BIG shout out to Malcolm--I obtained some dispensing 18 gauge needles and hot glued them to my mini-blaster and my paasche abrader--wow what a difference. Note the lighted magnifier is mounted where I can use it with both blast cabinets.
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