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  1. Today I stopped at Goodwill to see if I could find any plastic Plano fishing containers to store some fossils and instead found this extremely large pill container that I will use to store small / micro fossils. It is a very secure case and should work out nice and limited clutter from other cases, and at a price of $3.99, not a bad deal.
  2. I was wondering how people store their fossils. Mine started off in jars, which protected them from dust and allowed me to display and look at them. When I got slabs of clay I used cardboard boxes to store them, and small items have wooden trays, boxes and drawers. Now I have bookcases of boxes and wooden storage, and a cabinet. Is there anything you do to conserve fossils? I'm looking at storing pyratised material separately with sillica gel sachets to delay or prevent deterioration. Do you catalogue your collection, and/or photograp
  3. Welsh Wizard

    Fossil Storage Drawers

    Hi I’ve recently acquired this set of old draughtsman drawers which I intend to use for fossil storage. The drawers were used for storing A0 paper and they originate from an old paper mill and are dated to the early 1900s. Each drawer is about 70 mm deep. Just need to fill them now Nick
  4. Today a friend from work brought me 20 large, heavy duty 17” long, stackable bins with dividers. He picked them up a a resale store for $1.00 each, this was such a great deal. These bins will come in handy as I am redoing the storage of various fossils that are in totes. Here is a picture of 10 of the totes.
  5. Wendell Ricketts

    Foam inserts for small containers

    Hello all. I’m wondering if anyone knows of a source in the US for sheets or rolls of soft EVA foam that I can cut to size for the bottoms of various small plastic specimen containers. I’m looking for something no more than about 6mm in thickness (not “foam paper” or “foam core”). Althor used to sell exactly what I need, but the minimum order is now $100, and I won’t use that much foam in the rest of my life. Thanks much for any help or leads. Wendell
  6. So I have recently gotten into collecting fossils. Nothing serious, but I really want to make sure I don't screw it up! So I want to ask around and see if I should invest in a nice carrying case? I just keep my fossils in an open wooden box. Usually, they are either in jars or small cardboard boxes with cotton/paper strips for a cushion. I imagine that once I start adding more specimens, there will be a tipping point, and ill run out of space (which is soon, unfortunately). Does anyone recommend a specific product, or should I establish some foam padding in a small plastic container? I wa
  7. I am always looking for different cases to take with me when I am collecting fossils (Non Mazon Creek). I picked this nice little, thin (2”) plastic carrying case. This case will be perfect for collecting road cuts that contain different species of fossils. I can’t wait to try this one out. Purchased at a large box home improvement store for $5.99.
  8. Bob Saunders

    Cleaning Microscope lens

    I have read on several websites about how to clean eye piece and objectives. From distilled water only , 90 % Isopropal alcohol, Vodka, and Everclear liqueur. Lens tissues, and Kimwipes. Q tips yes and no. I am asking more in reference to vintage microscopes than the latest and greatest optics. What is your technique. Microfiber cleaning cloths have come way down in price, as well as eye glass mini cloths. I find the ladies soft make up brushes are good for dusting, and my local drugstore carries Elf Brand for $1.00 each. Bob
  9. Nimravis

    Collecting Case for the Car

    I love to use Plano plastic trays to store fossils at home or when I am in the field. Today I stopped at the Plano Outlet store in Plano, Illinois. I pass by Plano all of the time and never put it together that Plano, Illinois is where Plano Manufacturing was located- go figure, but enough about that. I stopped here last week to check it out and went back again today to get the below pictured item, I got it for $34.99, which is about 1/3 of the price on line, outlet stores are alright by me. I figure that I will keep the case in the car when I am out collecting and I will place fos
  10. Found this on the Internet. Are these good for storing fossils?
  11. SharkySarah

    Storage question

    I have some Cucullaea gigantea mud impressions with shell fragments still left. These fragments are extremely fragile. Is there anyway to store or preserve them to keep the shell pieces on?
  12. I ordered one of those little 2 oz. bottles of PaleoBOND penetrant stabilizer to try out on a small rib fragment that's pretty fragile. For anybody who also uses this product, how are you supposed to open the bottle before attaching the microtip? Do you just use a pin or something to puncture the little "nipple" that the microtip slides over? Also, once opened, does the microtip or the the bottle have to be sealed between uses so that it doesn't clog up? I only got a few microtips with the bottle so I presume that they are are supposed to be re-usable. Sorry to post this here but I cantacte


    If you're like me you are always searching for that perfect storage solution for fossils. Antique "flat files" are expensive and generally have drawers that are too thin. Modern files such as those used for architectural drawings are too expensive and have a flap that keeps the pages flat. I've settled upon using kitchen cabinets. The drawers are 3" deep and extend fully, which is important if you have any hopes of seeing what's in the back 1/3 of the drawer. The brand is SEKTION and is sold by IKEA. They come in many different colors and sizes. Putting them together is tedio
  14. erose

    Coin "Jar" Source

    I'm in need of some of those small round coin "jars" that have the foam inserts. I don't have a lot of micros to display but I want to buy these in some reasonable quantity such as 50 to 100. I may not be searching with the proper name because I am having a hard time finding them online. Would someone share with me their source(s)? Thanks in advance, ER
  15. deutscheben

    My Collection/Work Space

    With more time around the house than usual these days, I decided to finally take some pictures of my fossil storage solution and workspace. My space is towards the back of our attached garage, which manages to stay fairly temperate year round, only dropping into the mid-40 degrees Fahrenheit through most of the winter, and I have a space heater too if needed. An old Ikea table serves as my general work table for fossil prepping and other projects. My other prep tool is a chest freezer, purchased last summer for the primary purpose of freeze-th
  16. FossilsAnonymous

    New workspace and storage-Finally!

    Finally: Some better storage tucked away in a small part of my room. I do not have everything away and organized yet, but most of it is done. Efficient-Somewhat Frustratingly Disproportionate- Somewhat A good amount of space for my growing collection- We have some leftover space Good Looking- Eeh Functionality- On par Of course, this looks ten times worse and is filled with ten times less than most of you guys' and gals' magic cabinets, but is doing a good job right now. Thanks to @sharkdoctor for making it hard to keep th
  17. Are archival-quality foams needed for fossil display? Also, is museum putty acceptable to anchor them in place, if color preservation isn't a concern? These don't have any color to preserve, no deep blacks or anything like that.
  18. I do like getting different cases for the storing of fossils or for collecting in the field. Today I saw this at a large home improvement store that starts with an “M”. This case is very nice and well made, it is also is compartmentalized for different size fossils- it is 17” by 14 “. Lastly it was on sale for $19.99, so I had to buy it.
  19. I recently went on a vacation to Lake Texoma, Oklahoma and rented a fishing kayak there. It proved to be indispensable for collecting. It had a decent amount of storage for my specimens and gear and it only took me about 4 hour to collect my specimens and return to the dock. I ended up spending about enough money to buy a cheap kayak. Lesson learned I guess.
  20. Nimravis

    Gorilla Cart

    I stopped at a local home improvement store to pick up a gift certificate for a neighbor whose birthday it is today, she loves this store. When I walked inside I saw this Gorilla Brand cart reduced from $39.00 down to $10.00 and had to grab one. An associate stated that they were just reduced and that she set one aside for herself. This cart art has two wheels, a telescoping handle and the mess around it is of a super strong material. In addition it has a couple loops where you can hang a hammer and / or other tools and it is collapsible.This will work well for fossil
  21. Hey-Oh!!!! I found some little neat containers for super cheap and thought I'd share what and where! First pics are from Walmart's Back 2 School section. These were $1 dollar each. They are stackable, have two latches for containment and are great for smaller finds that are worth separating out and isolation. Second are classic plastic cotton ball containers that were being merchandised as small screw containers at Mendards. These come in two sizes (can't remember what) and they are $1.88 per container. I like these for separating my new finds that are smal
  22. FossilNerd

    New display cabinets

    For quite a while now I have been looking for some type of cabinet to display my better/favorite specimens. Curio cabinets and the like tend to be out of my price range. Even the used ones. My wonderful wife found some used glass retail cabinets for sale. They were so cheaply priced that I bought 2! They are 6 feet (1.82 meters)long by 3 feet (.9 meters) tall and 20 inches (50.8cm)wide. Now I can display some of my collection without worrying so much about dust, dirt, or accidental breakage as they were sitting out on an open shelf before. I’m super excited and had to share! T
  23. I am an architecture student from India and my research dissertation and thesis are based at the Raiyoli site in Gujarat, India, known for its vast nesting grounds and several sauropod egg specimens discovered through the early eighties. It was also here that the Rajasaurus Narmedensis was first discovered. My design aims to create a new system including a live dig site, preparation labs, casting/moulding labs and also serving as a fossil repository for the secure storage of the fossils excavated at the site since no such facilities are present throughout the country. I would like
  24. In the past I have posted some plastic “Plano” brand cases that I periodically find and buy from Goodwill. These are great cases, they are made very well and are compartmentalized and perfect for storage of smaller fossils. The below pic shows some of the Plano cases that I have, they are the thinner ones. But I digressed- so today I stopped in a Goodwill and picked up two of the below cases that must have been used by a salesman for samples. These cases are very nice and well made and they will be perfect when out collecting at road cuts for smaller items such as brac
  25. -AnThOnY-

    Organization and Labeling

    Finally getting around to a project I have been wanting to do for a while now, making acrylic ID tags for my specimens. These particular ones (2.75x0.75") are sized to fit in the 3x3x0.75" boxes that I typically use in my drawers. And just for fun, my North Sulphur River drawer, which needs a little better organizing (and some tags) but I like it.
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