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Found 8 results

  1. Hi I'm new to this forum and the reason for joining is I have inherited part of my Grandpa's fossil collection. I have this small ammonite with some really nice detailing, which i would like to polish up and turn into a necklace so I can keep his "spirit" with me and plus I think it could look pretty cool. But I'm not sure how to go about this. Any Ideas?
  2. Orthoceras squid tail fossils

    Can anyone shed some light on how these fossils, which are often seen in either single specimens or large slabs, ..how they are polished to such a clear diplay, and then on the back side there is normally a similar fine cut, but with a very bad finish. Also, i find that these fossils are ussually all the same color, this is due to the fossilization conditions such as, materials, region, era, ect... Correct? Also peculiar that they often do not contain other traces of the organism.
  3. Polishing Fossiliferous Stones

    I have found a number of fossiliferous paleozoic stones of various sizes, types, and quality, in a cretaceous conglomerate layer. I have included a picture of some of them. I rather like them because, although the fossils are not very high quality, it is neat to think about how they have been fossilized and eroded out multiple times. I was thinking about running them through a rock tumbler to polish them, but I am concerned that the hardness of the fossils compared to the rock might present some sort of issue. Does anyone have any thoughts on why this may or may not work?
  4. What is the best way to clean and polish my fossils?
  5. Hi, couple of Ammonites that have a thin layer still, lovely colours underneath that I would like to get down to, what's the best method you guys/gals think to get the best finish ? Thanks.
  6. I found a really cool Calamites fossil with exquisite detail on a wet day a couple months ago, but after a week or so of keeping it indoors, the details started to fade and the colors became dull. It springs back to life when damp, but that only lasts so long and I fear that annually applying water might eventually wear the fossil. I think I've read somewhere that you can use vegetable oil to keep rocks/fossils looking saturated, but I was wondering if that might cause any structural damage or any other ill effects to a sandstone-based fossil. Thanks!
  7. Hey everyone So I'm setting up a workshop outside for fossil prep. I have tons of vertebrates and invertebrates to prep. I'm pretty experienced with preserving fossils(butvar) but I've never done any real prep work. So far, I've purchased a wet saw, stereomicroscope, rock tumbler, work bench, vice, and mini fridge(for the beer!) I have a dremel and dremel engraver, I know the engraver doesn't compare to some of the air scribes, but it was cheap, and my limestone is extremely soft. I have about 500 lbs of this limestone, and some beautiful examples(Ocala, Tampa, Bone Valley formation) fossils in the matrix. These fossils range in calcite, aragonite, and Calcium Carbonate. Any tips are purchases I should make would be welcome. Particularly polishing and bringing out color. Thanks in advance. -J
  8. Polishing Chunkosaurus?

    I recently received a piece of dinosaur bone that was cut with a saw and nothing more. I'd like to be able to the patterns in the bone without having to look through the saw marks by running it under water. How would I polish it without messing it up too badly? Sandpaper? The bone is supposedly from the Morrison Formation.
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