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  1. Hello! Over the weekend I made some new labels for my fossil collection and I was wondering what everyone thought of them. I have QR codes which link to the corresponding "prehistoric-wildlife.com" species page for more info, and I added in some basic I.D. info to the cards to not crowd them. I also attached numbers to the labels and the fossils, so that I don't need to keep the labels directly next to the fossils. Would love to know what you think, and if anyone wants more information/the template I created. Thanks! P.S. Two of my I.D.s I'm still not 100% on (deltadromeus and Pectinodon) and I don't want anyone to assume I've completely I.D.ed them. Thanks!

    This post attempts to document the effort to construct a display stand suitable for a large Mosasaur jaw section. It reveals the collaborative effort of snolly and @Ptychodus04, Kris. This project was carried out in "snolly time." That is, it was half done and put aside as snolly's wandering mind flitted about, alighting on various other inchoate projects. Now, finally it is (mostly) done and here are the results. snolly pondered and roughed out what might be a simple, utile design. A sturdy, heavy wooden base was desired. To this end, blanks were obtained from an exotic wood dealer. The square pieces were produced as "bowl blanks" for use by wood turners. Acquired were a 10X10X2" piece and two 4X4X2" pieces. The wood is Bloodwood, Brosimum rubescens. This is an extremely dense, tool dulling, tropical hardwood. Here is the wood upon arrival with the protective wax coating being removed. An orbital sander was employed using finer and finer disks. Shellac was selected as the finish and a batch was mixed from flakes dissolved in alcohol. This was applied with a cloth dauber and multiple rubbed coats were built on the wood's surface. The finished blocks were assembled with wood glue. Later this proved foolhardy as the glue joints separated during drilling to place the metal armatures. They were re-glued and screws installed. It would have been best to have utilized screws from the start. The finished woodwork. Using scrap wire, snolly molded it to the fossil in an effort to fathom the measurements needed to fashion custom supports. @Ptychodus04, Kris then used his metal working skills to produce the two required armatures. The beefy uprights of the pieces are 6/16" stock; while the arms are a ductile 3/16". Kris has earned a well-deserved, positive reputation on the Forum for his prep skills. However, beyond ability, you will not find a more helpful and pleasant person. While he does wear a dress and his judgement may be occasionally addled by excessive capsaicin consumption; he is nonetheless a worthy ally in any fossil related endeavor. The tape seen marks cut-off points that were made for a final custom fitting. Rubber caps (intended for wire shelving) were later employed to provided a finished look and a little cushioning. Here is the finished project. All that remains is a re-waxing of the wood finish. This is needed as it was handled so much during the drilling for the support pieces. In hindsight, I would chose to assemble (with screws) and drill before finishing the wood. However, not having immediate access to a drill press (to insure a right angle hole) I proceeded with the finish. It would have been better to assemble and drill first. The back It was a fun project. Kris, thanks for the help.
  3. Membrane Boxes

    Looking around various discussions, Riker Boxes, Floating Frames, and Gem Jars seem to be the most common forms of display for smaller fossils like teeth, although there doesn't seem to be extensive detail on what is better or worse. I wanted to know if the membrane boxes/suspension boxes that utilize a similar design to the floating frames more commonly seen/used are functionally the same aside from the hard outer acrylic shell. There seems to be 2 common one's I've seen online, the ones with the yellow hinges (with no latches for the smaller boxes) and the ones from China with transparent hinges. The former appears to be designed for specimens, jewelry, and technology while the latter appears to be for human teeth in dentistry? For the most part, sellers state that the boxes are made on polyurethane (PU), so they should be inert. These boxes appear to have been around for as long as floating frames were, but do they hold up to the test of time? I have found limited information or discussions on these boxes in general and whether they are still being used in 2019. Aside from cost and perhaps the unappealing yellow hinges, they don't seem different than the floating frames. However, if they do pose risks or issues from prolonged use, I'd probably continue to use hard acrylic cases like gem jars and such.
  4. Display glass cleaning

    When I get a new rikers display case, the glass invariably needs cleaning to remove fingerprints and whatnot. What would be the best choice of glass cleaner? I’m worried about using standard glass cleaner (ie windex) as these could possibly degrade fossils (or am I paranoid?).
  5. I ordered a several of these membrane display frames on e bay and the first of them arrived today and the stand was inside it between the membrane layers and predictably it's all stretched and deformed already (possiibly also damaged since one edge of the base was rough poorly molded plastic) - annoyingly this particular sized frame was intended for a very thin slab with fossil redwood stems, so it really needed to be as tight as possible to even stand a chance of securely holding it. I knew the membrane would likely stretch and become loose with long term display of items but I didn't expect it to arrive already stretched out and well now i'm wondering if there's any way to "reset" the membrane so it's nice and tight again? I know certain plastic membranes i.e kitchen cling film and window insulation sheets shrink tighter with a little heat from a hair dryer, but didn't want to risk it without checking if any of you had tried it already or knew of an alternative solution. I'll complain to the seller if I have to but it will just result in another month long wait for delivery from china if they send replacements or a refund and potential drama with the seller.
  6. Fossil display

    i Should have asked when I first found this. I really would like a display that does justice for this capybara skull. I know some of you either make them or know someone who can. So.......
  7. I'm running out of room on my little shelf, so I was curious how you guys display YOUR fossils! I could use some ideas, as well as an excuse to see your guys's awesome collections!
  8. Hello all! I always see very nice photos of fossils that have been very neatly cleaned and uncovered like the following: I was wondering how I might go about doing this as a beginner and/or what kind of materials react well/not so well when cleaning certain types of fossils. Thanks! -Em
  9. Will sunlight fade a Green River fish? Or fossils in shale like a Delta, UT trilobite? A few spots in my house get about 30 min of evening sun and I'm wondering if it is safe to have a fossil in the line of fire? Thanks
  10. Fossil Frames

    I created these fossil frames for my finds on trips to Kemmerer and Delta. They were a fair amount of work but I thought I'd share the design because I haven't seen anyone selling similar frames. I think the open space shows the fragility of the rock along with its natural shape instead of trapped in a rectangular frame. And I love collecting the accompanying negative impression. If you have any of your own designs, I'd love to see them! (no offense if this doesn't count as prep, but couldn't find display as a category) Cheers.
  11. 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! The pic shows one of the cabinets. I’m temporarily using this one as storage as I had to get rid of the shelf I mentioned to make room. I’m working on the other one first as my main display. I’ll post some pics of it when I progress a little further and it looks more presentable.
  12. I am planning to visit a place where the KT barrier is exposed. I am interested in taking a sample of the profile, if feasible, and preparing a display of it. Any ideas how this might be done? Maybe cut out a slab of it and spray it with adhesive?
  13. Howdy there everyone. Wanted to show off my newly crafted Cretaceous Sharks of Texas display. Like my good buddy@fossilsonwheels, I run a traveling educational program called Dino Bo. I stay in the Dallas/Fort Worth area so I really wanted to create a display to show kids what kind of awesome sharks lived here and encourage them to get outside and find their own. A very special thanks to my friend Roger Farish who donated several of these teeth to help this become a reality.
  14. New Riker mounts

    In an effort to try to find better ways to display my sharkteeth, I recently purchased some new Riker mounts. These Rikers use clips to secure the mounts as opposed to pins as suggested by @caldigger. While I already had a couple rikers, I still had most of my collection in gem jar trays. I have decided for now to put the best teeth from different locations in the rikers. I am putting teeth from micromatrix finds, in the 1inch gem jars, and miscellaneous teeth in the 2 inch gem jars.
  15. I’m in the process of creating some labels for my specimens and may end up posting again in this thread for help from time to time. Hopefully it’ll help others as well. I have a neat tooth sold to me awhile back as Zarafasaura oceanis, Phosphate Beds, Kourigba, Morocco. I don’t know much about Elasmosaurs, but would label name be appropriate, or is it really an indeterminate elasmosaur tooth?
  16. Hi all I thought I would do a “show us your handmade display of stands” . I think it would be beneficial to collate all the wonderful display stands in one thread. If you do contribute to this thread it would be really useful if you can give some top tips and some pictorial info of how you made it. Also please add some pictures of the beautiful fossil , mineral or any other object you display on them. If you have already made a post and perhaps you would prefer to add a link instead. So if you have got some handmade stands out of wood, drift wood, iron, wire, acrylic , stone or upcycled objects , please don’t hide one’s creativity under a bushel but proudly post here and maybe we can inspire others to be creative. Thank you all Bobby First up is a very simple but affective way off displaying small objects that you want to display rather than in keep in a draw or acrylic box. The acrylic boxes do keep your fossil clean but sometimes don’t look that great on a shelve in my opinion. All you need is a old or interesting tin, a Bobby-pin and cotton wool.
  17. Green River Fish Painting

    I bought a small set of paints recently in a medium I had never used before, gouache. It's a lot like watercolor, but more opaque. I've always liked the look of watercolor but I've been more comfortable with acrylics. I thought I'd give the gouache paints a try, and I think I'm going to like them. Here's a Knightia I painted today, with an attached fossil Knightia. At least I think it's a Knightia. It's not preserved terribly well. I'm planning on painting some more knightia, probably a school of them, then a Diplomystus and maybe move on from there. It should be interesting.
  18. Display stands

    Hi all I been playing around with the idea of a mini museum. When I see a really cool mounted skelton I always like it when the museum adds a little model or diorama next to it to give your an idea of the animals look and their landscape. I thought I would like to add this idea to a stand for a fossil. I choose my tip of a tusk from a straight tusk elephant. It is not the best looking fossil but really rare in the uk. I made the base out of a tea light holders that I made, some copper wire and modelling material. I will add the photos in order of making it. Now the fun stuff I add as a place holder this little lion until I get a 00 gouge elephant that I will purchase when I can find one. I think it is cool and works with some of my other display pieces.
  19. my display

    Got some minerals in there such as mesolite, malachite, pyrite and quartz, calcite, kyanite and quartz, stibnite, and a bunch more. I'm not able to identify all of these. All I know is they are from the Devonian time period and some ordovician.
  20. I have several bones I’d like to display but need to make my own stands. Specifically I have a triceratops rib that I’d like to use as a centerpiece for my table. I see all the time where there’s metal stands that wrap around the bone to hold it in place. What kind of metal are people using that’s pliable enough? Anyone making their own mounts?
  21. Shark Tank

    Hi all Mrs Rico and I made this display tonight. It is made with a bell jar , upside down glass planter/bowl and fairy lights. I will add more lights to the base tomorrow. I think it looks cool with the shark’s head floating in the space of the bell jar. I do like the curio/macabre and scientific look. I hope you all like it and thanks for looking. Cheers Bobby
  22. Not much to spare

    I finally picked up the display cabinets from my sister's place. The last of my parents legacy for me. I barely had enough room to pack these into my tiny place. My bedroom is piled high so as to make my living room more displayable. Now I have the tedious job of filling them. The larger will be strictly for the ammos. Corner one is for other niceties. My ammo cabinet, waiting on my having some time to fill. Corner unit...a work in progress. I will repost when cabinets are filled.
  23. Hello All, hope you are having a happy new years. This fish tank had a very high mortality rate when my fish were in it. I lost two beautiful fish to its open space. Yep, they jumped out. I found them a few days later as little crisps. Not nice. That's when I drained it. It sat there for a good while all empty but then when i got my Ammo for Christmas that some of you saw, I needed a place to store it. I managed to cleanly detach the light from the filter's base and then used a velcro strip to reposition it so that the light would provide a cool view on the ammonite. Then I took the filter off, leaving some empty space towards the back. It really only took me forty five minutes, and that's because I had to go to our local CVS for the velcro strips.
  24. Hello, Anyone knows where I can buy riker mounts to fossil display in Europe... I want to avoid problems with customs and a european site or seller will be perfect. Thanks
  25. Cheaper Side Fossil Drawers

    Bolstered from Christmas and recent fossil hunting, my collection has quite outgrown it's original case. I have been looking around and found a really nice set of drawers at Ikea for around 130$ but which is slightly limited on drawer space. I don't exactly have a high budget, I'm prepared to pay at least 150 usd for anything, but before i'd buy I would like to ask you all if you knew any drawers and/or could point me in the right place. I understand I can't spend much with my budget, but it never hurts to ask! Thanks all, FA