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  1. Hey all. I have a19 inch diameter Nautiloid I am trying to display. I was thinking of something like a plate stand like my wife has holding her very large plates. Problem is this nautiloid weighs close to 25 or so pounds. Yea, I drug that thing out of NSR. Any ideas on where to find a good display option. As also, thank you in advance for any feedback.
  2. Strange streamers on the shoulders of this chicken sized feathered dinosaur were probably used for display. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sciencenews.org/article/dinosaur-fuzz-rods-feathers-first-southern-hemisphere/amp
  3. Proboscidean Ulna

    Since the Peace River, FL has been running deep and fast for the last few weeks I decided to spend some time prepping and making a display for several proboscidean bones found in the spring. After posting the bones for id here when they were found and doing a bit of research on my own I believe what I have are pieces of an ulna from either a Mammoth or Mastodon. There is the possibility of Gomph, but Dr. Hulbert has informed me a couple of times that Gomph specimens have not yet been found in the Peace River. So first up is a photo of the four ulna sections along with the other specimens found that day. Several pieces in the pink plastic bucket were later able to be reattached to a couple of the ulna sections. I did come up with one additional ulna section on a return visit to the same spot later that week. Next is a photo of the four ulna pieces lined up for an overall idea of size. Two of these large pieces were able to be put back together after consolidation and formed the standing piece in the display. They are the two in the middle in the below photo. Finally, three photos of the completed display with rulers to get an idea of proportion. The metal ruler laying flat is 15" overall. The standing portion of the display consists of two pieces I was able to glue back together after consolidation it measures about 20". Two of the pieces laying flat had smaller pieces from the pink bucket in the first photo reattached after everything was consolidated with acetone and PVA beads. I used some scrap wood to make the tray table and post support. Some soft toy modeling clay was used to rest the base of the upright bone on. Clay was also used to form a ball over the top of the wooden support post to prevent the post from damaging the specimen. The tray table was filled with sand to lay the additional pieces on and give it a finishing touch. Looking forward to getting back to the Peace River in the coming week to see what new wonders have been uncovered by the summer rainy season!
  4. Display stands

    Hi after seeing a few posts on here for display stands @snolly50, I figured i would try my hand at it I went more steam punk industrial if thats a thing haha. Used a couple pieces of wood I found in the garage (spruce) stained it with a jacobean stain. Bought 1/4 round steel bar and bought a pipe bender of Amazon. For the bear paw I used a bit of metal wire aswell and furniture felt pads for the base :)....its not perfect but I'm happy with the result. I know the femur is off center im waiting for my wife's cricut machine to come it so I can make a label for it!
  5. Does anyone know of a source for a small magnifying box/case where I can display small micro fossils? Thanks in advance.
  6. I think it is worthwhile to fashion or acquire stands to enhance the presentation of material for display. Why spend time and effort on a piece to have it rest unceremoniously on a shelf or be stuck in a drawer? Place it in view, if possible, for all to enjoy! Here are photos and comments on the cobbling of two very simple stands to support Mammoth material recently received. The smaller tusk fragment is full round. The larger fragment, a half-round, is split on its long axis. The large piece was the subject of minor prep discussed in the Forum's "mailbox finds" topic. As in previous posts about stand making, I have utilized exotic hardwoods for a weighty base. The wood for the larger piece is a blank that was intended for bowl making, via turning. The smaller stand is made from scrap that was used as filler in shipment from the exotic wood merchant. Here is the wood blank. It is Bubinga, an African hardwood. It had previously been finished with hand rubbed shellac. snolly's arcane scribbles of higher math may be seen in the photos, reflecting his effort to calculate points to drill. For the large specimen, armatures were custom bent from 3/32 brass stock. A scrap of stiff electrical wire was used as a mock up to approximate the needed shapes. To perform the bending snolly employed a simple jig. To establish the needed semicircular arc a piece of high-tech custom equipment was employed. For the smaller piece, a purchased armature was bent to specification. While this was easy, the price (with shipping) will dissuade snolly from this path in the future. Here are the finished projects, artfully posing in Palatial snolly Manor. Here are a couple more views as the fossils await their final display positions among their peers. It is hoped this provides a clear view of the simple designs. Make some stands it's fun and I think it will enhance your displays and enjoyment.
  7. Theres no way I'm the only one, but I think a fossil display with models incorporated take display and immersion to the next level. The creature alongside the evidence it left behind, makes such museum like feel in appearance and enhances the appreciation and wonder. Heres a thread to post any fossils you have on display alongside a model, statue, or toy. Here is a display from my collection of one of my favorite prehistoric creatures postosuchus alongside a giant 10inch+ chirotherium pos/neg footprint.
  8. Hey! I was wondering if anyone knew any good places to buy custom stands/displays for bones or how to make them. Thanks! (sorry didn't realize this was fossil id and I don't know how to delete it)
  9. Retrospect Ammonite

    Parkinsonia parkinsoni (ammonite) Jurassic, Upper inferior Oolite Bridport Dorset. UK 6.5" The first photos I took a few years ago did nothing for this unique specimen. I found it difficult capturing the details and still think they could be better. The ammonite has many chambers preserved in calcite that glow when backlit. Calcite crystals can be seen growing inside some of the empty chambers. Fossil, mineral, crystals, art, science, love Happy collecting.
  10. My 1st Riker Display

    I had to post my first riker display that made for my collection. It’s amazing to think, a little over a year ago I was throwing the teeth I collected in to a glass jar. Thanks to everyone at TFF, I have come a long way in my addiction. A couple teeth came from @Praefectus and the rest I purchased over the COVID months. I was extremely fortunate to have won a contest that Doren (Caldigger) was running. The prize is the first tooth top left.
  11. Graptolite Display Ideas

    I have been wondering what to do with the graptolites I have found. Currently they're scattered around the house, which I think is a sign to put them up for display. Please... help... the graptolites are taking over my house! How do you suggest I display them?
  12. Display Ideas - Hell Creek

    Hi everyone, I'm making a display of Hell Creek Formation for a Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth I'm getting. Though it's a replica, it's a really pretty one, and making an equally gorgeous display for it would just be fun. I envision this. I'm wondering how I might sculpt the hills and ridges. I thought about cutting cardboard boxes up into shape and hot gluing them to a wooden plinth. I would then paint it and cover it in sand to replicate the features. My only concern about that is how I would carve the features of the ridges - those fine details - into a box. I considered perhaps covering those boxes in clay and carving details into the clay, though I'm not sure if the clay will stay put. Anyone have any ideas on this? I'd appreciate it
  13. Where to buy a fossil display case in Europe

    Hi all, A couple of years ago I built up quite a collection of Moroccan mosasaur teeth, which, unfortunately, are now lying in various boxes wrapped in plastic. I'd really like to put them out on display, however haven't found the right way to do so. Preferably, I'd be looking for something like an old-style museum display cabinet, where the teeth would rest on red velvet (or felt, foam, etc.). Now I came across these display cases on one of the big auction sites today, and this really seems to meet my needs. Unfortunately, though, they're slightly more expensive than I had imagined. What deters me, however, are the high shipping costs (almost double the actual cost of the cabinet itself) and the fact that I'd need to import the case into Europe - that is, not only have the extremely high shipping costs, but also customs processing and tax. If I add all of this together, the total price becomes disproportionate to the product. In was therefore hoping someone might know where you could buy a similar product this side of the Atlantic. In case it matters, I wouldn't need to case to be wall-mountable, as I'll be laying the box down flat... If you have any suggestions pertaining to specific shops, please keep the forum's rules in mind and send me a PM.
  14. What do preparers use to create a false matrix for fossil displays like this? Thanks!
  15. Interesting display idea?

    I'm getting some larger Moroccan fossils, for instance a 4" Spinosaur and 3" Carcharodontosaurus. I thought it would be nice to construct special plinths for them to resemble the Moroccan desert wherein they were found; a photograph of one such plinth is attached, and each of those teeth will have their own. I'm less sure, however, how I would mount them. I could simply lay them down on the plinths, but I'd like to do something more interesting. Certainly I would appreciate any ideas on how I could mount those teeth in relatively low profile ways, though means that nevertheless keep the fossil secure. If it helps, each plinth is around 6" and I've already ruled out those acrylic book stand types because they look too dense and I'd like a more delicate looking display that won't interfere too much with the view of the fossils.
  16. I just "inherited" a lovely shelf that my Dad built in 1962. It had been at my Aunts and she is downsizing.....so I got it! It was a "lovely" green that my grandmother thought was the best color ever (we have at least three pieces of furniture painted that verdigris green, including one we affectionately call the Hunkajunk. My dad is still a hobby woodworker, though now he mostly does carvings of boat paddles, spoons and other smaller things. He opted out of the furniture biz a long time ago! I was contemplating getting some bookshelves for just such a display upgrade, so this was a timely thing! I managed to consolidate at least most of my collection (there are two other "spots" in the house not to mention the outdoors but hey it's MOSTLY all together) Anyways, I think it looks pretty good in my dining room. Mostly Texas Cretaceous, with a few other things from travels to Florida, England and Utah and some trades with other Forum members and the only two fossils that were purchased - the fish from Green River (a gift from my Mom and Dad) and the Brittlestar from Germany. (Copper Trilobite and Pearl Horse artwork is by me)
  17. Hello everyone, I have recently noticed that while my fossil collection is growing, the space I have for my fossils is not. I wanted to get a cabinet with many shallow drawers to store my fossils but I have not been successful in doing so yet. As a result, I decided that for now, I would build an additional shelf to house part of the collection. I was interested in seeing what other people have here on the forum as I have no idea how to format this shelf to have something that looks good, is sturdy, and can hold some fossils. If you have any display shelves you are willing to share, handmade or not, I would love to see them as potential inspiration for this little project. Thank you!
  18. As I am very new here, I figure the best place to really start to introduce myself and my fossils (and related ephemera) would be to start a collection thread. I have picked up fossils off the ground since child hood. Sadly many of my early Brachiopods, Crinoid pieces, etc. and some Pleistocene bones? (Never knew for sure which exact time frame or animal, but definitely not mammoth, dad thought they were bison when they popped up while digging our farm pond) and such did not survive my fathers move from one home to another while I was in the Marine Corps. However since then I have picked up a few things , mostly from the ground, a little in trade, the occasional museum gift shop and maybe a few treasures off that online place in more recent times. I'm not particular about what I find in or on the ground, I love all my fossils from the wild, however when I buy fossils, they tend to be aquatic in nature. I have a growing fondness for fish fossils and shark teeth. I have quite a variety which will get posted here as I finally start the organization of it all. (Thank the Wuhan Covid-19 flu quarantine craze that is sweeping the world). The bulk of my finds are bugs and plants from Meeker, Colorado. I have two trunks of shale to sift through still and you all will get a front row seat as I do it! You will also see some other stuff, so don't wander far if your not a bug and leaf kind of person. And just to whet the appetite, here are some over all pics of what I have just started doing in my display area. Semper Fi, Rob
  19. Hey everyone! These are little pieces I have collected over the years. Featured are as follows; Top Shelf: - Keichousaurus - Mesosaurus - Sinohydrosaurus Middle shelf: - Mosasaur tooth - Prognathodon jaw section - Archaeotherium upper jaw section - Carcharadon hastalis tooth - Grasshopper Bottom shelf: - Orthoceras sculpture - Knightia eocaena - Tadpole - Leptolepis mass mortality plate and accompanying dendrite example
  20. Hi everyone, I purchased an acrylic case to display various shark teeth with labels. The teeth would be placed on the bottom panel - the one that is on the table - with labels underneath them. Here's what it looks like: I didn't really consider how I would keep the shark teeth in their places. When the case is shifted, the teeth will shift with it. The teeth would just need to stay still if I need to move the case for cleaning underneath it, for instance. I don't want to use anything destructive like glue because it's likely that I'll want to replace teeth with better ones once I get them. Whatever I use, I'd like it to allow me to replace teeth as I please. I considered an anti-slip pad underneath the teeth; I doubt that would damage anything, but I'm not sure how well it will work. In any case, it's my best option right now and I'd appreciate more from those more experienced with this.
  21. I finally finished a shadowbox display for some of my Edmontosaurus fossils. The top 2 are a proximal and distal sections of dorsal ribs. Both found a few inches apart, but are probably not the same actual rib. Bottom right is a small rib head section my son found 10 years ago. Its either a juvenile rib head or an adult cervical rib. Bottom left is an ossified tail tendon and the only complete one I've found (or even seen found). You typically only find 1" - 2" long bits and never the vertebral connection. I find it rather funny how much time was spent cleaning, repairing and prepping these to remove all the matrix, only to carefully craft a display that makes them look like they are still embedded in matrix. The "sand" background the bones are mounted in is actually the matrix these fossil came from. I collected a small amount from the quarry, then screened it before gluing it to the mount surface. The final thing I have left to do is create an informational data plaque for it.
  22. MusicnFossils’ Living Room

    Hello all, I was waiting a while to show my ever growing collection until I finally got this new shelf. I wanted to paint it to look similar to my other shelf, install these neat colour changing lights, organize things and move everything...then take photos! I had stored everything in my bedroom for a while but now everything is front & center for visitors. As has has been made obvious by my many ID posts and couple threads in the, “fossil hunting trips” section, I live in a fossil rich area have access to much land to collect from frequently, so I will use this thread for updates with future finds. I’m very proud to say that much of my collection, mostly the dinosaur stuff, has been found by me rather than been bought, though there is a lot of money invested here. If you would like more or better pictures, info or would like to help me ID anything in this collection that I’m unsure about (I’m severely lacking in physical labels at the moment) don’t hesitate to ask.
  23. Hey everyone! As the title says, I’d really love to see your displays where risers are used. The cabinet I use to display my fish is getting a bit crowded but has a lot of space to utilize vertically. I know I want risers, but I’m not sure what direction I want to go in just yet. So, give me some inspiration! Here is a photo of my cabinet (the doors/windows are open to show just how much unused space I have). Sorry for the blurry picture, my iPad isn’t good at photography.
  24. 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.
  25. Good afternoon! I'm new to the forum and was hoping you all could help me with framing advice. I wanted to get a very special gift for my little brother for his birthday (his twin passed away a few years ago so I always try to make it a super special day), so I purchased a trike "spitter" tooth online. It's 1 - 1/8" in size and I was thinking about purchasing a floating frame to display it but I'm stumped as to which size I should purchase. I'm including a photo of the type of frame I was interested in using and the tooth I purchased. Is this the best way to display the tooth and if so, which size frame should I get? If there's a better way to display, please share any suggestions! Can you tell I'm new to this? Thank you all in advance, Amy
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