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  1. Hi, i collect fossils and other object such as Ancient artifacts, minerals, etc. My question is about preservation. I have a couple closets where i keep all my specimen in a temperature and humidity controlled envitoment (45-55 %), with no light. The closet is Made of cheap wood (bought from ikea) and, at the moment, my specimen just sit on the wood. I want my pieces to stay on a appropriate material, without the potential to affect the side it is touching in anyway. Do you think plexiglass would be better than wood? I know that some types of Plastic, often used in coin albums, can damage the coins, so i'm not sure Plastic materials are good to go. Cardboard is another option but it can contain humidity. Do you have any tip? P.s. I don't want to use vinavil or any other chemical on my fossils. Thank you everyone
  2. I've posted some pictures of the ammonite I bought and want to polish. If you look at the third picture, (ammonite 2.jpg), you will see that on the ammonite some rainbow color resides. I want to make the whole ammonite that color. Is there any way to polish it to make the rainbow show more? Correct me if I'm wrong, but that rainbow color is fossilized mother of pearl aka Ammolite. Does anyone know the following? If you could answer, that'd be a big help. Thank you for your future words! Any suggestions welcome. You'll never know what will work. The best way to clean and polish the ammonite to make the ammolite show and without breaking the fossil. A way to preserve the color when and if I polish it. Thank you so much, everyone, for your future ideas!
  3. Just would to learn more from collectors, how do you preserve/take care of dinosaur egg fossils to prevent deterioration?
  4. Large Whale Bone to Stabilize

    I found this beautiful whale vertebra this weekend. It fell out of the cliff face just a few days ago and tumbled into the Potomac River (brackish?) just far enough for the waves at the tide line to gently lapped it clean. Gotta love it! It is currently soaking in clean water to get the salt and anything else out as much as I can, but I've never done anything this big before. I'm used to stabilizing little stuff and blocks of matrix that really just need a thick, hard outer shell. The little bones air dry quickly enough that I don't have to worry about moisture at the center, but this thing is 4 1/2 inches in diameter! I have both Paleobond and Paraloid on hand. Anyone have any practice at this?
  5. I have been finding fossil wood from cretaceous mud deposits that is still soft. However, when it dries it usually crumbles to bits. Sometimes when it breaks open it is black and glassy-looking inside. Some has pyrite crystals growing on it. What would be a good way to preserve it? Keep it in a jar of water? Paraloid? ????
  6. I was wondering how fossils were preserved and a really cool thread on this site explained using plastic (butvar and others) to do so. It got me wondering, what about before plastic? How did early paleontologists protect fossils? Any links to sources you have would be amazing so I can read more about it. Thanks!
  7. I have dug a number of bivalves and gastropods out of a very friable, crumbly matrix. Anyone have any experience how I can preserve some of the matrix and also make the specimens look good?
  8. Need Help Preserving Osteoderm!

    I was hunting the peace river a few days ago and found an osteoderm. I was overjoyed to be able to add it to my collection. I have wanted one since I started collecting! When I pulled it it was in great condition. I left it in a zip lock baggie so it had some moisture on the way home. I took it out and let it dry on my desk away from direct sunlight. i was picking some debris from the holes and noticed a very tiny hairline crack. Today it has grown much larger and seems to continue to widen. I don't know what to do as I am a nube. What can I do to save my osteoderm? What did I do wrong? What should I have done? What should I do in the future with specimens like this? (Sub dermal wet bone) Please help.
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