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Hello everybody This here is my little story about bad fabrications and red flags and what to make the most of it. I got my hands on a 8 cm (3.15 in) Carcharodontosaurid indet. tooth from KemKem. It all started with the breaking of the tip while handling the tooth. It fell out of my hand on the table. Maybe just 3-4 cm falling, but that was enough to break the tip. I asked Matt ( @Haravex ) what to do with it and he suggested to use super glue but also mentioned the hight amount of bad glue and other junk on the tooth. His idea was to work with Acetone and see what is real and what is just junk attached to the tooth. And oh boy this tooth was REALLY bad... This was after a first cleaning with Acentone... you already see the unrelated stuff way better, especially at the tip. So I threw the whole tooth in Acetone for several hours. Then it started to really fall apart. Here you can see the glue between the pieces. It was really bad and so much glue all over it and in between. After a night in Acetone here are the pieces I could recover. They are now without any glue, matrix or other stuff. The tip definetly doesn't belong to the tooth, because off the different color. And this was the bottom, I big pile of glue and god knows what other stuff.... After a lot of puzzeling I managed to restore most of the bottom. So this is the final result. No glue, no matrix, no junk, no unrelated bone/tooth parts. I used very very strong super glue. Only a few tiny drops where enough to hold it together. Glue is only in between the pieces and not on the surface. As the tip definetly doesn't belong to this tooth I decieded to not attach it. This is the actual tooth measuring at around 6,3 cm (2.48 in). Again a BIG thank you to Matt @Haravex for helping me with this tooth. Without him this would not be possible. It was the first time I actually restored a fossil and for what it is I'm pritty happy. I learned at lot about fabrications and red flags with this tooth. Way more than you could ever learn from just reading online. In the end you have to make your own experiences with this. See this stuff with your own eyes and work with the material. In the future I will know now better on what to look for.
Mammoet posted a topic in Fossil PreparationHello all, I am in the process of restoring 2 beige mammoth tooth, but before going on with a butvar dip, I was wondering if anyone has a good tip in order to enhance the natural colors of fossils. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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: