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Found 105 results

  1. 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?).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.......
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. I've been wanting to get cabinets to replace my open shelves for a long time because I'm sick of dusting. I went to look at two curio cabinets that were a good deal on Craigslist Saturday and they weren't as good of shape as they looked and they reek of smoke. Obviously I didn't buy them. Well I am very happy that the other purchase of two cabinets did not work out. I got steal of a deal on these two 1800s cabinets instead. I also got a great deal on the third cabinet but I don't have pictures of it yet. One was from a private seller that just wanted to get rid of it the other two are from an antique store that is closing and just trying to get rid of its merchandise. Way better than the particle board shelves with glass doors I looked at Ikea last week. Way better deal to. Once again patience paid off. Someone put a copper panel in the one replacing the glass. I'm going to take the copper panel out and put glass back in. I will post pictures once I get them set up with my fossil and and the lights. Yahoo goodbye to dusting hundreds of fossils one by one!
  24. Framing a Diplomystus

    When I was out at American Fossil Quarry earlier this year digging for Green River fish, I came across this nice little Diplomystus dentatus. Except for missing part of the tail, it’s in good shape. It was on a much larger slab, so to make it easier to bring home I trimmed it to the shape you see here while I was at the quarry. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but I’ve now decided to frame it and give it as a Christmas gift. The shape didn’t lend itself to easy framing, so I decided to make sort of a shadow-box frame. I went to the local Home Depot and picked up a strip of walnut 1½ inches wide by ¼ inch thick and cut it down to be 1 inch wide. I ran it through my router table to cut a ledge along the bottom edge for the back to slip in, then cut the single long board into the four sides. I used a disk sander to put 45-degree bevels in the edges, then glued it all together, stained it, and gave it a clear-coat finish. (I don’t have photos of these initial steps). I cut the back to size from a piece of ¼ inch thick MDF board. I wanted a black background for the fish, so I cut a piece of black velvet and used spray adhesive to hold it down on the MDF. I didn’t want to glue the fish to the velvet, so I cut out an area that allowed me to epoxy the fish directly to the MDF board. I also printed a small label on my laser printer, glued it to a piece of thick mounting board, and used an X-acto knife to cut it to size. Again, I didn’t want to glue this to the velvet, so I cut out a small area for the label. I also attached a sawtooth hanger to the back of the MDF so it can be hung on a wall. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Here are a few pictures along the way: Original slab: Walnut frame with velvet backing applied and hole cut out to allow fish to be epoxied to MDF backing: Fish set into frame with label:
  25. Hi I have a question regarding storing and safely displaying a pyrite fossil. I have read a great deal about pyrite disease so I know that's something to be carefull of and I have read you best keep them away from humid and store them in an air-sealed container. And now that's where I am heading with this question, what is all considered as a possible air-sealed container? I am currently keeping my pyrite ammonite (Pleuroceras Spinatum from Buttenheim in Germany) in a small transparent box as seen in the photo below, but is this good enough? Is this air-tight and will this protect the fossil from possibly falling victim to pyrite disease? Or do you guys recommend other ways to display it? Safer ways... Than the second part of my question... Some might already read that I am currently working on a new fossil room, and since it's nearly finished I was wondering wether it was safe to house pyrite fossils in said room when I take some precautions. Cause along with my fossils the room will contain 2 aquaria: one freshwater aquarium with my Polypterus retropinnis, and one brackish water with my Gymnothorax tile. (Also before transforming into a fossil room this room used to be one of the 2 aquarium/terrarium rooms in the house and it contained at one point 12 aquaria and we never really experienced problems with moisture.) As precautious measure I was planning to add a small dehumidifier just to be safe, but so my second question. Would it be wise to house a pyrite fossil in an air-tight container in this room even if it has a dehumidifier in it? And should you also recommend me to preserve the fossil in some paraloid on the fossil, I still have a bottle with 100 ml of paraloid. I would like to hear your opinions on the matter. Which container to use? To preserve it with Paraloid or not? And if I can move it the to new fossil room or if I should leave it in my old display case in my living room? Thank you in advance!