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Found 36 results

  1. How to clean

    Hi everyone, I've been wanting to clean this fossil up for a long time but not really knowing how to start because I have little experience with cleaning fossils. Anybody got any tips for removing the hard stone covering the front of the fossil? Thanks in advance! (dimensions are 9x9x7 cm)
  2. 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?).
  3. Help with preparation

    Hello, i have a few fossils like the one in the picture, they are all shells in limestone. I want to clean them and i have had some success with acetic acid. I just wondered if someone had any tips or a better way to clean them, also if anyone knows whats the best concentration to clean them, mine is 25% acid but this seems a little high. I can post a picture of a relatively clean one if it helps to identify the best way to clean them.
  4. 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
  5. Hello everyone , this is my first post on here so go easy on me lol. I just bought this Eopachydiscus and im waiting on it in the mail. Is there anything i can do to clean it up a little ? or do you think i sjhould just leave it as is? thanks for your time ! p.s -its 12 inches across if you needed an idea of size.
  6. Trilobite cleaning

    I am a newbe on this hobby and just got my first low grade trilobite, not something exceptional, my quastion would be is there any possibility with household items to clean it a little as it has some dirt and deposits on it? Can I put it on water? Thank you all in advance!
  7. Cleaning fossils?

    I'm working on getting equipment to clean fossils, however I've ran into this problem. If the air scribe never seems to come with an air compressor, how do they expect you to use it? So I have found two tools, the air scribe with those hose and scribe but no compressor. The second thing I have found was the air abrasive tool with the compressor. Can I simply use the same compressor for both parts or will I need to buy a special air compressor for each. I hope I can just use the same one.
  8. Novice seeking ID help

    I am a novice fossil hunter seeking some confirmation on a couple of finds in the Peace River, FL this week. I believe the images in the attached photo are a Tapir tooth and Alligator jaw section with two teeth. I would appreciate help in confirming or properly identifying these finds. I am also interested in information on how I can clean the "Alligator" jaw/teeth to remove green algae without damaging the specimen. Thanks
  9. Okay so I have some questions on what you can and can't do with your typical trilobite in shale fossils. To help direct the discussion, I am interested in setting a small trilobite in silver as a gift. I make silver jewelry both using PMC (Precious Metal Clay) and traditional cutting and soldering. So, first question: Can you use high percentage (70% or higher) rubbing alcohol to clean all the dust and debris before sealing a trilobite? If not, what should I use? (I know you shouldn't use water) Question 2: What sealants can/should you use on a trilobite? I am looking for something that will be both waterproof and help prevent chipping. Question 3: Does anyone have any experience exposing them to high heat? It is common in jewelry making for heat to be involved, from both direct flame and indirect radiant heat. Is there any kind of precautions I should take and if so, what? What type of heat did you expose them to and what was the result? Different minerals act differently so remember we are talking about soft-medium shale. Question 4: Do you have any other advice or precautions you can give me regarding the use of fossil trilobites in/from shale matrix regarding their use in mixed media projects? The information I gather on this will help dictate my methods and help me create a plan for my project. There are many different ways I can do this and want to get a better idea of my options. Thanks. Picture is not of the exact trilobite to be used. It's just a reference for the kind of material/fossil I will be using.
  10. Crushing in a crusher

    I'm reading a 1960ish report on a formation near me (Bloomsburg). Among other interesting things it says "The most effective method of extracting the fossils from the claystone is by crushing in a crusher in which fine particles drop out so that they do not constantly undergo breakage." Can anyone elaborate on this process?
  11. Sometime ago, I acquired an ichthyosaur skull that was poorly prepped. It had been roughly grinded and had lost much of its surface details. This is unlike the Holzmaden-style ichthyosaurs that were professionally prepped from the beginning, resulting in a beautiful fossil with scleral eye rings and full teeth etc. It's the reason collectors get unprepped Keichousaurus and send them to professional preppers, with the resultant Keichousaurus being more detailed than the ones you see from the Chinese market. This guy here is as flat as a pancake and so it would take delicate work to remove the hard matrix without damaging what bones still remain. Thankfully, @steelhead9 was up to the task of prepping him further. There is no restoration here. I'd say he has done one heck of a job.
  12. Pyrite fossil care

    Does anyone have any tips for bringing back the shine to pyrite fossils? I have some that barely have any shine left, but have seen pictures of them at full beautiful golden shine. How can I remove the tarnish and beautify them again?
  13. Proper Cleaning of Fossils?

    Hey! I apologize if this has already been asked/answered. I looked through the site, and did a search, but didn’t come up with anything. However, there is a plethora of information here, so it’s plausibe I simply missed it. Is there a preferred method to cleaning fossils without damaging them? What about storing them? Currently, I soak them in hot water with Dawn dish soap, and scrub them with a medium/medium-hard, plastic bristled brush. The same ones you used to clean under your fingernails. Currently, I’ve not found a sufficient storage system, and have just packed them into plastic tupperware, etc. I’m pretty new to fossils, and finding them, and basically anything handling fossils entails, so I want to make sure I’m asking all of the right questions, and am doing things correctly so as to preserve them as they should be. Thanks in advance for your help! Pictures of one of my favorite finds for attention.
  14. Recently I acquired this 7x3 inch bone from the Kem Kem Beds (seller specifically labeled it as coming from Tegana Formation, but I know this formation is no longer valid). When I received the bone I saw that it was covered in spots of sand, so I found my box of exacto knives and went to work. I spent all last night picking off any sand I could find and I think I got most of it. However, the bone is still quite dirty looking and my exacto knives cannot pick off any of the remaining sand-colored material. My first thought was to soak the whole thing in water but I once heard that soaking Moroccan fossils in water can ruin them. What should be my next move? Thanks for any suggestions!
  15. Tooth cleaning

    This 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?
  16. I just purchased a Badger Air-Brush Co. 260-1, but from the looks of the previous posts the abrasive media that comes with it is junk. I'm going to try to use it on the top "rough part" of Meg Teeth that I get out of Venice. I've tried the vinegar and dental picks, but I don't like the color bleaching that can happen, nor can I get into every single crack with a dental pick on encrusted teeth. What do you guys recommend for me to try with this brush? Here's an example of what we normally pull out of the ocean before any cleaning.
  17. My last time out I found a lot of shark teeth. They are all black. Can these be cleaned or are they just black? If they can be cleaned how does one go about cleaning them?
  18. Cleaning Mammoth Tusk Pieces

    I just purchased some beautiful mammoth tusk pieces that I will hopefully restore into a tusk that will be at least 20 inches long down to within 2 inches of the tip (which is missing). It is a project I am working on with my daughter. I want to start by cleaning the pieces which are very dusty and dirty. I read to avoid water and maybe use rubbing alcohol but many of the pieces have a beautiful blue color to them and I am afraid of ruining that. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  19. I'd like to whiten a fossil sea urchin. Is hydrogen peroxide effective and harmless? I'm thinking 3%... any tips?
  20. My Best Megalodon so far!

    So my daughter decided she wanted to go look for shark teeth yesterday. I went to a nearby spot that we to this point had found very little, to my surprise we found some of the best color teeth I have personally ever seen. Any suggestions on how to clean the root?
  21. Fossil Extraction?

    I have this item which looks to me like a shell. It has the shape but it appears to be incased in rock. Is there any way for me to "uncover" the shell if there is one at all? How would I go about trying to discover if there is something hidden within? The pics don't show the form as much as in person but hopefully you guys see what I see!
  22. Hi guys, can someone please help me by telling me how to clean and preserve a mammoth tooth. My dad got this mammoth tooth from an archeologist about 20 years ago. In that time it was never cleaned and it is really dry and a bit crumbly. I would like to clean it and preserve it, it would be a shame to watch it turn to dust.
  23. I found, I found!

    Hello people, This and more stuff I found on the hills of Ayios Athanasios, app 10km from the beach. It looks like a shell, or 2 shells, and I think is one of the cases that needs to be cleaned. Any idea how to remove the white stone material without breaking the 'shell' which is brown/orange/yellow colored
  24. I had an accident last night while preparing a trilobite from a new location. I had just finished air abraiding the trilobite and was getting ready to start using my landscaping scribe. Just after I started smoothing out the matrix apparently a drop of oil sprayed out of the tool onto the trilobite and matrix. I tried soaking it in water with dish detergent since the soap has a mild de-greaser in it but it didn't help. Any suggestions on how to salvage this piece would be greatly appreciated as it's only the second complete trilobite from this area in seven years and it's nicely inflated. I know why oil came out the tip of the tool (that issue is fixed) so I really just need some advice on how to clean it or suggestions to improve its appearance. Thanks, Andy
  25. Fossil Cleaning

    Hi, Does anyone know an effective way to clean fossils that does NOT damage them? I've heard about using vinegar, but I do not know how long or how diluted the solution must be... most of my fossils are in limestone, so idk if that helps with anything. Thanks PS- I found out about using vinegar and how the acetic acid dissolves CaCO3, but would the acetic acid also dissolve fossilized shells and whatnot (specifically chonetes fossils)? Thanks again
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