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  1. Hey everyone! Sorry it has been so long since I last posted. I have been so busy with school, family life, and lots of technical problems. But I finally was able to finish my video and I am so excited to share my work with all of you! This video is about my latest fossil cleaning, It is my favorite trilobite to date! It is actually a complete body fossil, not just a shell, or a piece of one. I did learn a few new things this time. I had some trouble with this one because the air scribe I have is not not suited for microscopic fossils, which is what I am cleaning up. Because of this I ended up damaging my fossil. A technique I am trying is to find the edges of the fossil and clean them out before I clean out the middle of the fossil. I am doing this because the air abrasive is basically a s sand paper in air form. The top of this trilobite is quite detailed, if I cleaned up the detailed section first it would leave it open to be hit by unintentional air abrasive and thus damaging it. So I left the top to be done last. This seemed to work well. Which is pleasing. Watch and see how it all turned out!
  2. Hello everyone! Sorry that it has been a while since I posted. I have been so busy with school. Physics keeps me pretty busy lol! So I have been working on my trilobites. This time I found out that working with the air abrasive it can be good to point the air parallel with the grooves of the trilobite. This way I can maximize the removal of the matrix and minimize the removal of the actual fossil. Because the angle of the air abrasive is parallel the force vector has a minimal contact with the fossil and maximum effect. Check out my video and see what I was able to do! And a big thanks to the University of Utah for letting me work in their lab, and a big thanks to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program for sponsoring me to work on this project!
  3. I got this eurypterid this weekend at a fossil show. Considering the price of the other eurypterids there I think I got a good deal at $30. But the reason I'm posting this here is because I want to know what or if I should do to clear some sediment off of the fossil. I haven't really done much with preparing fossils so I figured I'd hear what you all have to say. Thanks in advance.
  4. So glad I joined the forum recently. Years ago, I was an undergraduate in PA in Geology, and finished some other degrees in Climatology along the way. Although my academic geology days are gone, I collected a lot and visited areas along the east coast, including the now defunct Fruitville Quarry for the Kinzers formation - and finally did some field work in Montana (I will post another thread shortly about a fossil I found in Elk Basin that I would love some pointers on). I found these bones in Maryland along the coast around 7 years ago. My notes are poor, but I believe them to be from the St. Marys formation (?) though please correct me if I am wrong here. My guess is from a field trip to Calvert Cliffs, or the area where the Mary's may outcrop. The matrix is a grey, very dense, putty/cement like clay that I remember sticking to everything. Over the years, it has dried forming a tough cement. I believe these are Whale. I would love some pointers on what you think I should do, if anything, to preserve and better display these pieces. I dread the idea of them slowly drying out and turning into dust. I have a few more small bones (finger bone maybe?) from the same location, one of which is a gorgeous brown tone. You can see the tone coming through a little bit on the larger rib bone but the clay material covers it up a bit - and fills some cracks along the side. The bones are very heavy. Should I work this with a toothbrush, an air abbrasive unit, a scribe.... and butvar-76 it? Any thoughts, comments, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have never done any prep. and have some great rough laying around with parts of trilobites, bones and other bits and bobs that would be great to work on! Note: I know the rib is rotated - I didn't want it convex-up as I would think it would stress it. - I don't know how to add photos efficiently to the forums yet... so I will add more images in reply posts.
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