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  1. Beginner prep tools

    I would love to have a go at prepping some nodules, because the hammer and chisel is pretty brutal. What would i need to set up an airpen? and would it work on Yorkshire fossils? If you have any recommendations for a beginner set i'd love to hear your ideas. Thanks
  2. Been a long time coming, we found this and jacketed it back in October and was waiting for a friend to help with it since it's a new one to me, but he's rather busy so Skye ( @Jesuslover340 ) and I have decided to just do it and get it outta the way. We've started some prep but will be finishing it and updating the thread tommorow, sleep beckons and I'll leave you guys and gals with some teaser pics. Goodnight! ps: for those who already know the answer, shh
  3. Bellacartwrightia whiteleyi WIP

    I wanted to enter this one into the IVFOM, but I technically collected it the last day of March, and I didn't take a picture of it before I started prepping it, so that's out. But I will try to chronicle the prep on here. It’s a decent-sized Bellacartwrightia whiteleyi that I pulled from the Windom shale just above the Bay View Coral bed at the site.
  4. So, I too, have finally decided to tackle a Russian bug. I have a handful that are in need of prep. I decided to start working on one that I had that is a nice size, but was pretty banged up to begin with, which is a really great thing, because for reasons that I can't quite explain I went on an excavation above the cephalon clear through the matrix and into the fossil without even knowing it until it was too late. Really a bummer that I did that, a very amateur mistake. BEFORE:
  5. Got this jacket into my prep lab yesterday night, and couldn't stop myself from starting in on it today. The specimen is likely a Gomphothere scapula, with most of the articulating end intact. The matrix is a very poorly cemented sandstone, when exposed to surface conditions it becomes essentially loose sand but a few inches deep it gets decently solid. Most of the prep I did today was just using a dull small chisel to push away the matrix
  6. Not long ago I received an unprepared asaphid trilobite, Asaphus lepidurus, with the intention of honing my still very green, nascent preparation skills. From my initial impression, I doubted that the left cephalon was complete, but was instead busted. Turned out it was all there! The reason it was being offered for sale at a significantly reduced price was because of some issues that would not make it a museum quality specimen, such as shell discolouration and some minor chipping. This was how it looked in its initial state:
  7. Kitadani Formation matrix prep work

    Hello all i have a Kitadani Formation matrix form Japan thats being prep and this was discovered in it i was wondering could it be bone or something else ?
  8. Seeking a burned out scribe tip

    Hello, prep friends! Does anyone have exact specs on the stylus/pins for the CP and Paleotools units? I just purchased a knockoff and this diamond pin that it came with is totally useless. I want to replace it, but have no idea how compatible it will be with anything else.
  9. Back at it for a bit, then... disaster

    A few weeks ago I realized it had been a few years since I fired up my little prep lab. I went through a career change and I've been super busy. Decided it's now time to take a little time for myself. So I bought a few unprepped fossils on that auction site and today I finally got to work. I started on this little gal from the Weeks formation and, of course, my air compressor decides it didn't want to come out of retirement and crapped out on me. Now I have to wait until I can get a new one, just as the fever was striking again. Oh well. Here's some pics. I forgot to take a before pic, so I had to screen shot the auction listing. It's the one on the far right. The seller listed it as Modocia whiteleyi.
  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. Hi everyone. Wondering if anyone out there is selling a used air scribe. I don't have a ton of cash available at the moment, but I could always include some trades in the deal. Doesn't have to be an Aro or a CP per se, just something I can use while I squirrel away enough to get the micro jack I'm after. My current tools work great on PD material, but won't work on the harder Moroccan material I've been getting in lately. Thanks in advance! -Jay
  12. I am looking for a Comco or similar air abrasive unit, have fossils available to trade, or part trade/part cash. Something like these.
  13. Recently picked up a cheap piece of matrix from the famous quarry in St Petersburg, Russia. I thought I'd give this one a go. It already had some damage on some of the axial portion, so I knew this one wasn't going to be an immaculate specimen when done. Here is what it looked like when I got started:
  14. Baculites

    I found what I believe to be baculites and was wondering if there were any suggestions on trying to prep, treat, or leave as is. The one still in the matrix is showing on the back side as just a small rusty dot, but is in direct line with what appears to be the tentacles that are shown oxidized and affixed to the matrix. Any thoughts would be welcomed and appreciated.
  15. I have come to the conclusion that I need something to magnify my specimens for prep and viewing. Any recommendations? I know a microscope is a big help however I am thinking of a table clamp or floor mount style magnifier with the lamp. What is a good one or one I should stay away from? Also what power should I be looking at getting? I looked at ones at Harbor Freight and a hobby store but the were low power, like 2X. That did not seem like very much for working on small shells and such.
  16. Lab Upgrade

    The prep lab got a bit more crowded today. I got sick of fighting abrasive and dust migration so I went and got a blast cabinet from Harbor Freight. Ran the air lines to it and hooked up my dust extraction. It it needs a light as my lens light causes a horrid reflection on the glass. I also need to fabricate a shelf to rest fossils on as it is a bit taller than I desire. But, I like to tinker.
  17. Chicago pens...

    Hi preppers... I have the ST Mannion pen, I want something more aggressive, Kens TT is an option but... are the Chicago one's worth getting to save the pennies ? Same pen I believe but tweaked, where is the cheapest place to buy ? Only available in the US ? Delivery ? Import tax ? So many questions such little time, thanks.
  18. I've recently found some medium to large ammonites, mostly apparently coroniceras. They aren't perfectly preserved, but I would really like to do them justice and put the work in to prep them. However. One thing I'm finding insufferably tedious is removing all of the excess matrix before you even get near the ammonite. I have a scribe/pen (a Ken Mannion TT), but that doesn't really seem up to the task of removing large amounts of matrix. Does anyone have any tips? Also, when it comes to the prep - at least of the lias ones - I'm finding that there is basically no separation between the ammonite and the surrounding rock, so all I can do is slowly work away the rock surrounding the ammonite, leaving it rather rough looking (and invariably slightly dinged). This also, of course, seems to take forever. Is that just the way it is? I have heard you then need to sand them down? Surely there must be some kind of trick, or incantation which would help me? How do you avoid ruining the centre, if the outer whorl is this hard? It boggles the mind! I understand that this is a dark art, practiced by highly skilled experts in enormous secrecy from their hidden ammonite bunkers, but any tips would be very much appreciated at this stage! I'm going to tag @Terry Dactyll, because if anybody knows, it's that guy! Just for visual interest, here are a few photos of some of the ammonites in question: Ammonite from unknown original location but found in Somerset. I'll prep this from the back, assuming the back is intact beneath all the rock. Somerset partial. Looks crushed in the centre, but I don't mind that for practice. Did a bit of work on this tonight, and spent about 45 minutes cleaning a single rib on the outer whorl. Somerset ammonite partial. I'm not actually going to do anything to this, because I absolutely love it as it is. The incredible size (I calculated it'd be the best part of a metre/3 feet wide when whole), rustic preservation and encrusted oysters make this one of my favourite recent finds. It may not be complete, but it has character.
  19. Psittacosaurus Prep

    Here’s the prep thread for the juvenile Psittacosaurus that was discussed in the “Is It Real” section. This is very real although relatively poorly prepared originally. There’s a significant fracture running the length of the matrix just below the plane of the specimen. There are parts that are filled with some rather degraded glue, probably old epoxy. I’m glad I got this when I did as the glue holding much of it together is severely degraded. Here’s the little guy as I received it. First order of business was to stabilize all exposed bones and cracks with PVA. Then I started removing matrix around the tail. This is after only 1 hour. Already a big improvement.
  20. 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!
  21. Hi, thought would treat myself to a new hammer (and also let the other half get some hammertime in) my old cheaper hammer has straight angles but the Estwing looks off, bends one way then the other, is this a design in the hammer for the energy or is it just a banana ? Can't imagine a fault but just curious, thanks.
  22. I preped this cute partial trilobite last month. This bug was from by secret Santa in Canada . . . I worked with engraving pen! Not a perfect tool for prep but also not bad for starter.(Sadly, I don't have enough money for air scribe and compresor.) . . . After prep. REALLY amateur job... white spots are my mistakes.... I hope I can do better next time. I believe the more practice, the better.... Thanks!
  23. 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?
  24. How do you guys/gals polish down and what do you use to avoid damage to the fossil ? Thanks.
  25. I've done bits & pieces in the last few months, detailing etc, but found this a few days back, knew had a chance of good preservation inside due to the colour, spent about an hour on it, still not finished but came up good, any tips on finishing welcome, thanks. Alan.