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Found 5 results

  1. Clypeaster restoration?

    Hello! I hope there is room for this topic in here. I collect fossils since years, and began preparing for a year, but I always thrown away broken pieces. Now I found a totally new species of Clypeaster in one of my regularly visited locality (only this one in 8 years), but sadly a piece is missing (I saw it bouncing down the wall, and never found the white fragment amids of thousands of white rubbish...was so angry..). So I began to think about restoration, not just preparation. I want to find a way of restoring this piece for my collection, instead of dump it away. I read about that putty will work for restoring missing pieces, I thought about maybe gypsum could be used, but I don't understand the way of copying the texture with some material. What can I use for taking off the texture of the intact parts and use it as a cast for the putty part? Where can I buy it? How is it used for this purpose? What type of paint could be used with putty? Is it even possible with this specimen? Is it even possible for a beginner? Maybe I should try the method out with Pectens from this locality.. Please if somebody could answer my questions, and help, or even explain it for me, it would make me really happy! I don't want to create an abomination Thank you! Here is the piece:
  2. Greetings! I mentioned in another topic, that I will post some of my heteromorph findings and prepwork. The locality is in Hungary, and is an abandoned quarry that produced cement for the local factory. It is rich in fossils, but it was a big underwater slope, and because of this the fossils only found in shallow beds, between redeposited layers of "nothing" and always in condensed form, and the bigger pieces fossilized mainly in fragments. Another problem is, that the compressed marls contains only stone molds, sometimes with slick&slides on them, and the matrix and fossil is hard to distinguish There are some pieces that have the imprints of spines. Here is one that is a big question for me, because the spine is visible, (at least at 1 section that broke out with some luck) but it is only a thin imprint in the stone, and I really like to have some opinions, what to do with it... I began prepping, but if i only touch the stone with the vibrotool, I see nothing what I do onward, because the fine dust completely obscure the spine, so I could work as I imagine they should be, and I fear that I will destroy it (and the further ones) completely, and I am uncertain to try to fake them from the matrix (But it is already nearly the same) so this is one option. Another problem is that I need to remove a lot of matrix, and I have bitter expectations what will happen with the underlying spines... So there is a second option to do nothing with it, but I like more to have a good prepared spiny Crioceratites in my collection, so I will try anyway The first spine from the living chamber is currently "faked" because I do not found the spine imprint yet. The second spine is original (as the stone broke off of it) (the other fossil is an Orbitolina, but I am not shure) The sandy marls are soft and the stone molds that have a thin calcite shells are sometimes found in calcite concretions, the calcite coating is very thin and always damaged. So preparing the material is a challenge. Sometimes the spines are preserved, but always broke off. You will see on the pictures below, that the pieces are extremly fragile. Maybe there is a way to preserve, the spines or put them back while preparing? Here is a remains of a spiny one: Here is some finished or nearly finished pieces: From the softer sandy marls: Freshly found Crioceratites (nolani?): Gluing together the pieces: Restoring the missing part with magic sculpt, and coloring it with powdered stone to imitate the stone molds thin calcite coating. (the color was really hard to match, and I am not satisfied with it, but I done my best with it) The complete piece, prepared: Here is some pieces from the condensed marls: Freshly found Crioceratites (duvali?): Gluing together the pieces: Restoring the missing parts with magic sculpt, and stone chips from the matrix, and coloring it with powdered matrix There are acrylic lacquer applied, so the fossil is better distinguished from the matrix The complete prepwork: Here is another heteromorph, Anahamulina (acuaria?): After prepping out of stone: (need further work) With kind regards
  3. Nodule preparation

    Hello! I was wondering whether anyone knows of anyone in the UK who will split and prepare a nodule for me? Thanks! Andy
  4. Preparing Phacops PD

    I have by good fortune acquired a few decent Devonian Phacops trilobite specimens from the Penn Dixie Quarry in Hamburg, NY. One particular rock has a few decent Phacops embedded directly in the rock. I wanted to know what the steps are for preparing these fossils, or if I should just send them to a preparer. Please provide any advice you can. Thank you. I have a bunch of fossils and am new to the preparing process.
  5. Hello forum! So about a week ago, a couple friends and I went out to the Mazonia-Braidwood Fish and Wildlife Area in Illinois to do some amateur fossil hunting (first time for all of us). I was so excited when, at our first site, I found a pair of trilobites on the same rock and a few feet away there was the top half of the rock with their impressions. First of all, I love trilobites. I'm currently reading the book by Richard Fortey, Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution, and I hope to be able to study them somewhere along in my educational career. So far, I've identified these little guys as Calymene celebra, but I'm not 100% sure on the species since this is my first time ever finding a fossil let alone having to identify it. But that's not my main focus as of right now. What I'm asking for is some tips on how to clean the rock containing the trilobites (it's really dark and still covered in some moss and lichen). I've rinsed it in warm water the night I brought it home, but that's all. I didn't want to risk doing any damage since it's my first fossil find and I'm overly attached already haha. I'm also wondering about preparing it: what tools would you use, etc. I've never done anything like this before so any and all advice will be greatly appreciated! Here are the photos so far! Cheers! --Jessica
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