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Found 12 results

  1. Interesting display idea?

    I'm getting some larger Moroccan fossils, for instance a 4" Spinosaur and 3" Carcharodontosaurus. I thought it would be nice to construct special plinths for them to resemble the Moroccan desert wherein they were found; a photograph of one such plinth is attached, and each of those teeth will have their own. I'm less sure, however, how I would mount them. I could simply lay them down on the plinths, but I'd like to do something more interesting. Certainly I would appreciate any ideas on how I could mount those teeth in relatively low profile ways, though means that nevertheless keep the fossil secure. If it helps, each plinth is around 6" and I've already ruled out those acrylic book stand types because they look too dense and I'd like a more delicate looking display that won't interfere too much with the view of the fossils.

    This post attempts to document the effort to construct a display stand suitable for a large Mosasaur jaw section. It reveals the collaborative effort of snolly and @Ptychodus04, Kris. This project was carried out in "snolly time." That is, it was half done and put aside as snolly's wandering mind flitted about, alighting on various other inchoate projects. Now, finally it is (mostly) done and here are the results. snolly pondered and roughed out what might be a simple, utile design. A sturdy, heavy wooden base was desired. To this end, blanks were obtained from an exotic wood dealer. The square pieces were produced as "bowl blanks" for use by wood turners. Acquired were a 10X10X2" piece and two 4X4X2" pieces. The wood is Bloodwood, Brosimum rubescens. This is an extremely dense, tool dulling, tropical hardwood. Here is the wood upon arrival with the protective wax coating being removed. An orbital sander was employed using finer and finer disks. Shellac was selected as the finish and a batch was mixed from flakes dissolved in alcohol. This was applied with a cloth dauber and multiple rubbed coats were built on the wood's surface. The finished blocks were assembled with wood glue. Later this proved foolhardy as the glue joints separated during drilling to place the metal armatures. They were re-glued and screws installed. It would have been best to have utilized screws from the start. The finished woodwork. Using scrap wire, snolly molded it to the fossil in an effort to fathom the measurements needed to fashion custom supports. @Ptychodus04, Kris then used his metal working skills to produce the two required armatures. The beefy uprights of the pieces are 6/16" stock; while the arms are a ductile 3/16". Kris has earned a well-deserved, positive reputation on the Forum for his prep skills. However, beyond ability, you will not find a more helpful and pleasant person. While he does wear a dress and his judgement may be occasionally addled by excessive capsaicin consumption; he is nonetheless a worthy ally in any fossil related endeavor. The tape seen marks cut-off points that were made for a final custom fitting. Rubber caps (intended for wire shelving) were later employed to provided a finished look and a little cushioning. Here is the finished project. All that remains is a re-waxing of the wood finish. This is needed as it was handled so much during the drilling for the support pieces. In hindsight, I would chose to assemble (with screws) and drill before finishing the wood. However, not having immediate access to a drill press (to insure a right angle hole) I proceeded with the finish. It would have been better to assemble and drill first. The back It was a fun project. Kris, thanks for the help.
  3. Ok everybody. I know there are some very smart and clever guys here on the Forum. Heres what Ive got: Last year I got me a super duper, most wonderful, most awesome, most spectacular, and hopefully most bestest crab concretion ive had in a very long time!!! Even though I paid moneys for this concretion, I know EXACTLY where it came from, (locality wise), and its the easily the largest concretion Ive seen from that location, and also, and very sadly, that locality is now gated and posted and closed off to any and all collecting, which is why I paid so much for it. Actually I got it for a good deal cause it was from a good freind of mine. Anyways, Over the last few months Ive been preparing for the preparation of this very special concretion. Ive cut out a certain size piece of plywood, ordered and received two clamp on lamps and then ordered and received a camera tripod. I still have to get myself a decent camera for the tripod. Now here is what I really need help with. My plan is to take lots and lots of pictures and then in the end of prep put all those together in a time laps kinda thing. My problem is: How to always put the concretion in the exact same place and the exact same angle each and every time I take a picture. Ive lost sleep over this! My fingers are crossed. RB
  4. Stands for fossils

    I just send it to start making some stands for my fossils. This is my first one. It's a very simple one. I bought some brass rod at the craft store and decide it it was way too flimsy and not up to the task. so I went into the closet and pulled out a coat hanger that had plenty of patina on it. None of their decided coat hangers to the right materials I did a post on Facebook asking for people's old hangers. I'm going to cut all the straight portions of the hangers and keep them and toss out the rest. Soon I will be swimming in free wire to make fossil stands. And the older coat hangers have better color to them and brand new brass. You can get the pre-cut wood plaques and hobby lobby or Michaels for about $0.75. I very lightly staind the wood because I'm one of the possible to stand out. You can easily make these for under a dollar apiece without even having to cut the wood. Next will be time to see winter coat hanger solder together very well for more intricate stands.
  5. Hyracodon Skull

    Finally got around to prepping out and making a stand for the Hyracodon skull. It was in pretty rough shape and not complete, but I think it displays well. What are your guys thoughts?
  6. New display

    This may already be really well known and maybe not even the right forum, but I found a really really neat stand to display my teeth and claw. I'm pretty darn new to this fossil stuff so forgive me if I'm dropping old knowledge
  7. Display stand

    Hi all I just made a small display stand for my woolly rhino tooth. It made from wire and an old weighing scales weight. Turned out nice I think. Thank for looking. glued Painted Better pictures tomorrow.
  8. Mammoth Stand

    Sometime last year, I stabilized and repaired this mammoth tusk for @StevenJD. At the time, we didn’t land on a way to display the gnarly beast. Believe me, this is in great shape for a central Texas mammoth tusk. Steven asked me to sell this piece on his behalf so I made a stand to hold the three big pieces in a roughly life like position.
  9. Oreodont Stand

    I've been working on a stand for the Oreodont skull I picked up at the Tucson Fossil Show. This one is an "antique" fossil that was dug back in the 1920s. I wanted a simple stand with a wooden base and a way to raise the skull up off the stand. I also wanted the mount to be as unobtrusive as possible so I didn't have wires sticking out all over the place. And I didn't want to damage the skull in any way. After trying several approaches I settled on this one using some red oak I had left over after building my fossil storage cabinet and some brass wire and bar I picked up at the local OSH hardware store for a few dollars. Here's what the finished stand looks like (I still need to make the final label): Here's what the stand looks like with the skull removed. The wires are formed so that the skull is held in place without slipping while still allowing it to be easily removed. I soldered them in place using Sn96 solder, a low-temperature solder that is reasonably strong. I'm sure you could also use epoxy. The vertical posts are brass tubing. I machined plugs to hold the bar to the posts and soldered everything together. Again, you could use epoxy. Looking from the underside, here's an overall view of how everything fits: And here's what the underside looks like from the front. The wires supporting the palate also prevent the skull from rotating or sliding around on its own. I also decided to use some museum wax to further secure it. End result is a stand that does a good job of holding the skull while still allowing it to be easily removed, looks reasonably nice, and should be stable enough to survive our typical California earthquakes.
  10. Fossil Stands

    I wasn't sure where to post this thread, but I have a few fossils that I'd like to either buy or build stands for. I have seen lots of display stands (looks like a wire frame and a metal base) for carch teeth, and mosasaur teeth- that's what I'm looking for but I cant seem to find any for sale on the internet! Not interested in the little plastic megalodon stands, I'm looking specifically for a small wire frame stand where the tooth is held in place by its natural taper. Looking specifically for spinosaurus, carch, and mosasaur tooth stands. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you! N
  11. 3D printed display stand

    Constantly forgetting to order display tools to securely display my fossils which are right now at risk of being damaged from grinding the glass shelves in my display, I decided to print a stand for my last model before I took my 3D printer home (and not use it until I get a microSD reader so I could transfer files to the printer). I didn't really pay too much attention to exact dimensions, but it actually printed quite fine and did fit one of my boxed fossils I wanted to display but couldn't before. The stand is blue because that's the only color of filament I own When I get to buy a microSD reader sometime later, I'll probably print more of these stands, and maybe even print a custom stand for all of my fossils (except for riker mounts which simply can't be printed)
  12. Hi Everyone, I'm in search of fossil display stands similar to the one shown below. These stands will be used to display a couple of my larger teeth (One of them being a large Spino tooth similar to the one below). Currently I keep my smaller teeth in Riker mounts, but I want to do something a little different for the larger ones. Does anyone know where I can find similar stands? If these stands are only custom made does anyone have any other suggestions for ways to display large theropod teeth? Thanks as always!