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Found 14 results

  1. Ammonite: prep-worth?

    Hi all, Found this big ammonite at a landslide in the cliffs at Wimereux, France. It's from the Jurassic. Do you guys think it is worth prepping? If so, what tools/techniques should I use, and what should I expect as a result? And do you have any other tips for an amateur preparator like me? Thanks in advance, Max
  2. Hello to all at TFF, Does anyone have any suggestions / experience in recreating a low humidity environment to naturally slow dry bone.
  3. Not sure how many folks out there doing their prep in colder parts of the world, but I am looking to get an air drier for my media blaster. I get waaaaaay too much water in my pipes. any sugestions or help is greatly appreciated. Thanks RB
  4. Air abrasion

    I could use some help in getting a new air abrasion setup. I ordered a MicronBlaster only to find out that they have closed. Their web page works nothing else does. I now have to jump thru hoops to get my money back. I tried the HF etcher and had no luck getting it to work. Looking for something of better quality without going broke.
  5. I recently acquired a nice large Olenellus trilobite. I haven't done much prepping and only use hand tools (dental pick, needles, etc), and occasionally a Dremel engraved. Most of the trilos I've prepped have been rollers from Oklahoma, and they are not too hard since they tend to be a very different color from the surrounding matrix and are not flat. I'm wondering how I should go about starting on this guy. Not sure whether its a partial not, but would like to investigate. My problem is that the trilo is nearly the same color as the surrounding matrix and very flat, making it hard to know if I've hit more fossil or not. Any tips would be appreciated.
  6. Hi, I often see sellers from China wetting the dinosaur eggs to highlight the shell structure. Does washing up of the egg fossil damage the fossil or increase the risk of breaking apart?
  7. Well the realm of my future fossils is just as chaotic. I suspect I have years worth of unprepped material here. Need to get my moving ...... I also have a garage full and several shelving units in another room As you can see they don't look that spectacular prior to getting some love and care.
  8. So I have this small block of Green River matrix that has fish material. When I got it, A part has been prepped, exposing most of it, but then I checked the corners, saw more covered material, and realized that it could be prepped even further. The problem is, I don't have any prepping tools because I've never prepped a fossil before But maybe is there any household tools that could efficiently prep Green River matrix? I just need to remove one tiny layer.
  9. Prepping For Apartment Living

    Hey all! I will be posting an update soon, but I recently took a quick trip to Penn Dixie to find a few bugs. Came home with quite a few little specimens. I have a question for the prep masters among us. I live in a very clean apartment (due to my wife) and have very little options for prepping the trilos I found there. What tools or techniques would you recommend that don't involve sand blasting or compressors?
  10. Hi All Avid Fossil Walker , love what you can fiind, Please find Enclosed my First Prepping Attempts, On my Finds..... Love Any Feedback , good or Bad.. Its all a Learning Curve for me Cheers Bob Before and After Photos another before and after another pair last Ones my fav
  11. Had fun with this left mandible from a Bos primigenius today as I used a new prepping technique I’ve not tried before. After removing as much matrix as possible with a sharpened wooden spatula and brushing away all the resulting dust. I decided instead of rinsing the bone under a tap I would try and remove as much residue as possible with everyday “non- perfumed wet wipes”. And I must admit the results are quite satisfactory on two parts, firstly the problems I always encountered when prepping this type of bone. Is that after over soaking with flowing tap water you could never really dry out the internal structure of the bone sufficiently. Secondly there is far less mess in my utility sink.
  12. …..One of many match boxes passed onto me by one of the longest serving members of the Stamford and District Geological Society. With the promise of giving the fossils (which are encased inside) some much needed TLC. The majority of these housed match box fossils were collected in the mid-1980s. A brief scribble on the box or a very small moth eaten note is supplied with the contents, with very little other information attached. But for me that’s where the fun begins. As you push the somewhat tatty draws of the match boxes open, a story to research unfolds. With the British Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Caenozoic books to hand I begin. These are clearly Brachiopods with a penned clue “Filey Brigg “but why, when and how have they come to be!
  13. Waste not, want not.

    I used to just bag up loose matrix from bone material to sieve for macros. This is the first time I've tried drying out the dirty water from gently cleaning the bone. I'll post some results in the New Year if I should fine anything interesting.
  14. prepping sheppey fossils

    Wouldnt it be great if all the nodules ive found over the last year were to prep themselves! Its gonna take me years plus a few new tools I think to get through this lot!! But on the plus side, who knows what treasures I mightifind inside them! :-D
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