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Found 27 results

  1. Preserving Fossils

    Hello, Just got back from Kemmerer Wyoming with 63 fish fossils. I was told by my dad's co-worker that using a 50/50 mixture of Elmer's glue, and water would make the fossils more durable and seal them. I'm curious about the process. How long do you let them soak in this mixture? Is it a good technique to use for my kinds of fossils? Any help will be appreciated, Jared
  2. Removing putty-like adhesives

    I am wanting to remove this shark tooth for photography purposes, but it is attached to the display case via some putty-like adhesive. I haven't tried poking at it in fear of damaging the tooth (which is quite brittle), but it does appear to be somewhat hardened, although I may be wrong. Does anyone know how to best remove putties using household materials with minimal damage to the fossil? Any help is appreciated.
  3. Hey there, im hoping some of the clever folks here might be able to offer some advice on a prep im working on. Im currently prepping a large 150 - 200 pound block. In the initial prep, a part of the block cracked and opened up a small crevice. This crevice did not beak completely into two pieces, it was still held together by the un removed matrix surrounding the fossil. At the time, i didn't want this to slowly shake into a bigger crack or lose pieces due to the vibration of the air tools. There was/is a lot more prep to do and between prep and flipping over a large block i was worried about loosing pieces. So i filled this gap with super glue with the idea that i could reverse this later on and join the two pieces together much tighter so the crack would disappear or be less noticeable. As the prep continues, im getting closer to the time when im going to have to re glue the pieces. The problem is that a lot of small pieces of the fossil are glued back on around the area of the break. So i need to figure a way to dissolve the glue at the break but not in the area around the break. Normally i would place the entire fossil in a tub of acetone to dissolve the glue from the joint and then glue the two pieces back together. But since there are a lot of small, non descript pieces close to the break, im reluctant to do this. I already tried poring acetone over the break to try to separate the two pieces but this didnt work. This would all be easier if the fossil was not so large, heavy and hard to move. I may end up having to soak the whole thing in acetone to dissolve this joint but i want to avoid this if possible. Does anyone have any suggestions for alternate ways to remedy this problem? Hard to photograph this fossil so here is a basic drawing of the problem. Nick
  4. Removal of Glue Marks

    I am trying to prepare this nice plant fossil I found in Wyoming, but can’t figure out how to remove the glue marks left over from stabilizing the fossilized piece of branch in the center. The glue marks are the dark area near the fossilized branch. Anyone have any advice?
  5. Glue!

    What glue do you recommend for fixing broken fossils?. The one i currently use is called gorilla glue but i'd like a colourless one.
  6. Paraloid Glue

    G'day everyone! My dad and I have tried making some paraloid glue by mixing 25% paraloid with 75% acetone. The paraloid has been dissolving for a few hours and a thick solution with the consistency of wood glue has settled to the bottom. Do we use this thick solution at the bottom to glue and strengthen our fossils? Thanks, Dan
  7. Joining two pieces of bones

    Hi. Ive two pieces of dinosaur limb bone that I want to join together. The pieces are pretty heavy and about 4 inches in diameter. What’s the best way to do it? Ive been toying with drilling the bone and inserting a metal rod or just glueing but I don’t know which type of glue to use. I normally use superglue or paraloid for small pieces but this is a lot bigger than anything I’ve tried to join. thanks Nick
  8. Hi everyone, unfortunately today the tip of my spinosaurus tooth has broken off - its just under 7" and about 1-2" have broken off. I've read on here that paleobond is a really great adhesive to fix this however, being from the UK I've had a look and they don't ship to where I live - I have emailed if they are able to change this waiting on a reply. I was just wondering if anyone knows in the UK if there is anywhere I can go or a similar type of adhesive that will work just as well? Thank you in advance for any replies
  9. Greetings, I recently bought a beautiful Spinosaurus tooth that was previously restored as some parts were obviously broken and put together with some sort of brown putty which looks like dirt or rock fragments. The problem is that the tooth had an accident a few days ago (it fell from the stand) and it broke again. I put the parts together with super glue but the cracks are now wide and visible and I would like to hide them a little bit by using some putty or resin, I don't want the tooth to look perfect and unbroken, just to look like before it fell, like there is some dirt or rock fragments instead of cracks. Do you have any tip about how to do that? Any brown putty or resin? Thank you very much.
  10. Disguising glue lines

    Hi all, I'd like to blend some glue lines on a piece I had prepped recently. I've read that painting over them with a mixture of elmers white glue, powdered matrix and water can give a fairly good, reversible finish and is cheap! I was just wondering what sort of ratios to go for if anyone has any idea? Cheers, Matt
  11. I've been collecting fossils for a while now and it finally happened, I broke one of my finds. Repair and restoration is a part of paleontology that I have no experience and could use some help! What products do you guys recommend?
  12. I've made a short video describing how to remove Moroccan super glue which i know some members have had major issues this is one method I use for stable fossils with minimal glue deposit on them (or smudge technique as i like to call it)
  13. Glue for Egg Shell

    Hi Everyone, I just purchased multiple pieces of dino egg shell that all come from a partial single egg the recently shattered and want to try to glue it back together. There is no matrix and the egg is hollow. I ordered some PaleoBond PB100X Structural Adhesive, is that all I need? Any advice? I've never prepped or reconstructed anything before and figured this may be a fun project!
  14. Paraloid/Acryloid question

    Can anyone tell me whether this kind of glue (B-72) will hold up under freezing temperatures? I had the idea to prep out one of my local shale fossils using the freeze-thaw method, but I have glue in the part of the fossil that I want to keep intact. I don't want to subject it to freezing temps if the glue won't hold up. The plan is not to soak the whole piece, just apply a bit of water on the (unglued) side I want to freeze, either outside this winter when it goes below freezing, or in the freezer.
  15. Glue removal on dino bones

    A few weeks ago I picked up a few Edmontosaurus ribs and two fibia. Was working on getting a bunch of trilobites prepped, but finally getting around to starting on them. They all look like they have been covered in elmer's glue, guessing as a field consolident. I have some acetone I was thinking of using to remove the glue, and then I had planned on using some Paraloid B-72 to reconsolidate the bones. I am concerned about whether the bones will all fall apart if I do an acetone soak, especially if some of the smaller pieces will soak up the liquid and disintegrate. Not sure the safest way to do it, so I am starting with one of the more solid looking ones. Any suggestions? So far I have just been scribing off the matrix and some glue chunks with an Aro until I get close to the bone.
  16. Removing crappy glue

    Ok so while in morocco I bought 2 rib fossils but have been poorly put together in my opinion trying to remove said mystery glue I heard acetone works and did soften and turn to a loosish sticky gunk however now it has dried the bones have this white milky coating over them is this normal? I've never had to remove glue before any help would be appreciated. Matt
  17. Over the years Ive had many misshaps with super glue. Just today I was stabilizing an ammonite for my son and yet again,,,, ooooops! Glued some ammonite shell to my fingers. Ha! Then, like I always do after I use my super glue, I squeeze out the excess into a tissue paper to keep the tip clean and put the cap back on. The tip last longer that way and doesnt get clogged. Well, it does get clogged but still last longer than without doing that. Then I get a hayfever attack and have to blow my nose. Heres a tip: Dont blow your nose right after youve squeezed the glue out into that tissue paper!!! Ha!!! Now I have glue on my fingers and my nose!!! Does anyone else have any storys of super glue mishaps? Thought this may make for a funny thread. RB
  18. Dinosaur bone repair question

    Gday all, . Recently I bought a nice Edmontosaurus metatarsal which arrived this week, unfortunately somewhere along the 20000 kilometre trip to Australia it was broken. It was packaged well by the seller but the box was ripped and damaged when it arrived on my doorstep - would be nice if the posties took a bit more care of people's property when it is entrusted into their hands but that's another story. The bone has been broken in half with a smaller piece being broken from one of the halves. I can match it up very well which is good but my question is what is the best glue to use for this purpose? I was going to use super glue to repair it but thought it might save me some grief if I asked here first before I make it even worse. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read this, cheers, Dave.
  19. Repairing Bone

    Hello, I found an isolated, fragmented bone (I think plesiosaur is likely) which I would like to repair; I've not repaired bones before, so I wanted to ask to find out the best way(s) to tackle it, so I don't make mistakes I later regret. The bone was wet in the matrix (a calcareous shale), and I have kept it damp with wet paper towels in a zip-lock bag, to try to keep it as close as I can to the condition in which I found it, until I map out a course of action. I know there are a lot of variables, but I hope more experienced minds can offer some suggestions as to how best to proceed... The bone was recovered in about 8-10 pieces in the matrix. Is it likely that the bone will fracture more as it dries? Should I let it dry very slowly, or is the rate of drying unimportant? My finances are pretty limited right now, so is using a simple glue like elmers (which I believe is water soluble and therefore readily reversible) okay, or should I wait until I have excess money again and spring for paleobond? Any input is welcome; thank you very much in advance!
  20. I searched the forum but i couldent find any posts about different techniques for removing super glue. I have a few pieces that for whatever reason were glued the wrong way or moved slightly when drying. Im wondering if there are some good ways to go about removing super glue without damaging a fossil? I have a few ideas of what might work but im curious what people have tried and what works? In this case im working with four or five pieces of bone that were glued together but one or two are off.. Nick
  21. Glue for Dinosaur Bones

    Hello TFF, I own this dinosaur bone that broke. I do not have any experience in prepping dinosaur material so I just wanted to ask what would be best to glue the fossil together or what glue to use? Thanks so much guys!
  22. Shellac or not? Help requested.

    Hey, I've seen this guys videos before and wondered your thoughts or feedback on his fossil preservation techniques. Thanks!!
  23. Heres how I prepare Paraloid b-72 for use as an adhesive and consolidant. Generally I use the approximate mixing ratios shown below which have been taken from a paper written by Amy Davidson and Gregory W. Brown called Paraloid b-72: Practical tips for the vertebrate fossil preparator, which can be found here: https://www.academia.edu/1237393/Paraloid_B-72_Practical_Tips_for_the_Vertebrate_Fossil_Preparator Approximate mixing ratios: Paraloid ratios.tiff However, if you want to create a solution of a known weight by volume percentage such as 20% (w/v) theres a trick. Since weight by volume solutions are worked out as the mass of the solid in the final volume of the solution, you need to know the volume of your final solution. For example if you had a 100ml bottle that you want to fill with a 20(w/v) solution of Paraloid what you would do is: 1) fill the bottle with 100ml of liquid. 2) mark on the bottle where the top of the liquid is. 3) weigh out the amount of Paraloid, which in this case would be 20g = (20/100)x(100 mL) as Mass of Paraloid = (Percentage of solution/100)x( final volume of the solution). 4) add the Paraloid to the bottle and fill with the solvent (acetone in this case) up to the 100ml mark. Say you wanted to make 2 litres of a 5% solution of Paraloid. You would follow the above steps replacing the 100ml with 2000ml = 2 litres. The mass of Paraloid would be (5/100)x(2000) = 100g. Note: it is important to keep you units consistent so if your volume is in mL your mass will be in grams. If your volume is in litres your mass will be in kilograms. Another form of concentration is a weight/ weight percentage, which is the percent by mass of the final solution where: Concentration of solution %(w/w) = (mass of solute)/(mass of final solution) This is a bit more complicated as you don't know how much volume of solvent to add or what the final volume would be. This technique is usually used to make big batches of the solution and is probably not all that useful for the weekend warrior. Hope this helps someone.
  24. Crushed tooth.

    Today I received a sad package. A nice Mosasaur tooth that was going to be a late Xmas present for my kid brother. Well... It WAS a nice Mosasaur tooth. It was completely crushed in the post. Being a cheap tooth I wasn't even gonna try to fix it, but I thought I'd give it go. Not a very good job, but the best I could do.
  25. Preserving Fossils

    Hey all! I am a new fossil collector and I started out by going to the Suedberg site in Swatara Gap, PA, which is part of the Mahantango Formation. I brought some fossils home with me and have heard you can use a 50/50 mix of white elmer's glue and water to preserve the fossils. Obviously this isn't a professional job, but it is cheap and gets the job done. Can I use this mixture for fossils found in shale? I fear that over time they will disintegrate and if I drop them, bye, bye, fossils, which is why I'm considering using the mixture. I am also open to cheap alternatives, although the key word there is cheap (I am a college student).
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