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  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Hi I’m wondering what Ceratosaurus and other horned Theropods used there horns for? I’ve heard it was display but I’ve also heard it was for pushing rivals. Is there any evidence for these? Thank you!!
  13. Yesterday I brought home a new display cabinet to show off my collection of sharkteeth. Today I had time to start fiddling with the set-up. This cabinet is on the small side but I liked the looks and the price was right. This is mainly to house my sharkteeth but I have added a few other items as well. Here is a pic of how it looks now. I am not sure if this is how it will stay. I do not want to have it too cluttered, but i also want to fit in as much as possible. This cabinet stands about 41 inches tall, 36 inches wide, and about 14 inches deep.
  14. Display Boxes

    I'm looking at getting some riker type boxes to display some of my smaller fossils. I've looked for the riker boxes online but shipping to England is expensive. As i've never had one before would this alternative do the trick? If not would love if someone could point me in the right direction. Thanks Liam
  15. Display tags?

    Is there a template somewhere i can print out to make business card size display tags online for my collections? In excel or some other format?
  16. I was rearranging some bits of my collection for fun and decided to try and throw together some nice displays. Here is my first attempt. I'd love to see other peoples beautiful display shelves as well
  17. Pteranodon wing display

    From the album Dinosaurs & flying reptiles

    Pteranodon Sp. Logan County, Kansas Niobrara form. Smokey Hill chalk Santonian-Campanian, late Cretaceous Im not exactly sure which bones they are, and I’d appreciate any input about it, but based on the significant difference between the 2 connecting bones, I’d imagine it’s one of the metacarpals and the connecting 1st phalanx. (I’m very proud of the display/storage box I made for it. Removed box innards and carved tightly fitted slots in padding from an old crystal wine glass box. Who says having random stuff sitting around for decades is a bad thing!?)
  18. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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?).
  22. 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.
  23. 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.......
  24. 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!
  25. 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