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  1. Plastic Field Collecting Case

    I am always looking for different cases to take with me when I am collecting fossils (Non Mazon Creek). I picked this nice little, thin (2”) plastic carrying case. This case will be perfect for collecting road cuts that contain different species of fossils. I can’t wait to try this one out. Purchased at a large box home improvement store for $5.99.
  2. Found this on the Internet. Are these good for storing fossils?
  3. Storage question

    I have some Cucullaea gigantea mud impressions with shell fragments still left. These fragments are extremely fragile. Is there anyway to store or preserve them to keep the shell pieces on?
  4. Is TP safe for fossils?

    Not sure what topic to post this. I have alot of these plastic drawers and boxes. With toilet paper i did post on a other topic if its safe to use for fossils. Got some mixed replies. So is it safe? I use them for all my storages. And im planning on making paper boxes with normal paper. Very stupid questions i just want to be 100% safe
  5. I ordered one of those little 2 oz. bottles of PaleoBOND penetrant stabilizer to try out on a small rib fragment that's pretty fragile. For anybody who also uses this product, how are you supposed to open the bottle before attaching the microtip? Do you just use a pin or something to puncture the little "nipple" that the microtip slides over? Also, once opened, does the microtip or the the bottle have to be sealed between uses so that it doesn't clog up? I only got a few microtips with the bottle so I presume that they are are supposed to be re-usable. Sorry to post this here but I cantacted PaleoBOND directly and they haven't gotten back to me yet. Thanks!

    If you're like me you are always searching for that perfect storage solution for fossils. Antique "flat files" are expensive and generally have drawers that are too thin. Modern files such as those used for architectural drawings are too expensive and have a flap that keeps the pages flat. I've settled upon using kitchen cabinets. The drawers are 3" deep and extend fully, which is important if you have any hopes of seeing what's in the back 1/3 of the drawer. The brand is SEKTION and is sold by IKEA. They come in many different colors and sizes. Putting them together is tedious but repetitive. READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS! Be sure to select the full extension drawers and the ones that are made to go behind cabinet doors. You don't utilize the doors but this insures that the drawers will have enough space between to allow you to pull them out without having to install pulls. Below are mine.
  7. Coin "Jar" Source

    I'm in need of some of those small round coin "jars" that have the foam inserts. I don't have a lot of micros to display but I want to buy these in some reasonable quantity such as 50 to 100. I may not be searching with the proper name because I am having a hard time finding them online. Would someone share with me their source(s)? Thanks in advance, ER
  8. New workspace and storage-Finally!

    Finally: Some better storage tucked away in a small part of my room. I do not have everything away and organized yet, but most of it is done. Efficient-Somewhat Frustratingly Disproportionate- Somewhat A good amount of space for my growing collection- We have some leftover space Good Looking- Eeh Functionality- On par Of course, this looks ten times worse and is filled with ten times less than most of you guys' and gals' magic cabinets, but is doing a good job right now. Thanks to @sharkdoctor for making it hard to keep these drawers empty Thanks for reading, FA
  9. My Collection/Work Space

    With more time around the house than usual these days, I decided to finally take some pictures of my fossil storage solution and workspace. My space is towards the back of our attached garage, which manages to stay fairly temperate year round, only dropping into the mid-40 degrees Fahrenheit through most of the winter, and I have a space heater too if needed. An old Ikea table serves as my general work table for fossil prepping and other projects. My other prep tool is a chest freezer, purchased last summer for the primary purpose of freeze-thawing Mazon Creek concretions year round. If needed we could keep some food in there too, but so far it has just been my "rocks" as my wife calls them. I am currently working my way through my bucket of Chowder Flats concretions from 2018. My primary storage solution was also acquired last summer- this vintage steel card cabinet was purchased from an Illinois state government surplus auction. It needed a little clean up, but it is very solid and the drawers are designed to hold a great amount of weight. And I love the way it looks! The library I work at is full of this style of mid-century steel furniture and office equipment, and I have developed a great fondness for it. The top drawer contains Mazon Creek concretions from Pit 11, the Mazon River, and Chowder Flats, along with concretions from the Chieftain no.20 mine site in Vigo County, Indiana. The next drawer is mostly full of Pennsylvanian compression flora and a few concretions from Vermilion County, Illinois- I am working on reorganizing it right now. The third drawer is my finds from the Oglesby, IL roadcut that has been well-documented on this site- Pennsylvanian marine fossils, especially brachiopods and fish/shark material. Next is a mostly empty drawer- so far it just has more Mazon Creek finds collected with ESCONI from the Braceville spoil pile. Finally, the bottom drawer has a mixture- SilurIan fossils from Kankakee County, IL, Pennsylvanian black shale fossils from La Salle County, a few Ordovician and Pennsylvanian fossils from Indiana, and a large Favosites coral I found on a family trip somewhere when I was a kid. I have a few smaller containers with other fossils- one box with all of the other fossils from various sites I collected up through college, and a plastic tote with small shell fossils from a new Pennsylvanian marine site I found last year, but every thing else is in the cabinet. I also have some paleo-themed decorations up too, including my favorite childhood toy, the Playskool Definitely Dinosaurs Ultrasaurus.
  10. Are archival-quality foams needed for fossil display? Also, is museum putty acceptable to anchor them in place, if color preservation isn't a concern? These don't have any color to preserve, no deep blacks or anything like that.
  11. I do like getting different cases for the storing of fossils or for collecting in the field. Today I saw this at a large home improvement store that starts with an “M”. This case is very nice and well made, it is also is compartmentalized for different size fossils- it is 17” by 14 “. Lastly it was on sale for $19.99, so I had to buy it.
  12. Kayak with storage to go fossil hunting

    I recently went on a vacation to Lake Texoma, Oklahoma and rented a fishing kayak there. It proved to be indispensable for collecting. It had a decent amount of storage for my specimens and gear and it only took me about 4 hour to collect my specimens and return to the dock. I ended up spending about enough money to buy a cheap kayak. Lesson learned I guess.
  13. Gorilla Cart

    I stopped at a local home improvement store to pick up a gift certificate for a neighbor whose birthday it is today, she loves this store. When I walked inside I saw this Gorilla Brand cart reduced from $39.00 down to $10.00 and had to grab one. An associate stated that they were just reduced and that she set one aside for herself. This cart art has two wheels, a telescoping handle and the mess around it is of a super strong material. In addition it has a couple loops where you can hang a hammer and / or other tools and it is collapsible.This will work well for fossil collecting and you can even fit a 5 gallon bucket on the inside. Great find in my opinion. @stats Rich- I know I might see you Saturday morning, I bought two of these and if you want one I will only sell it to you for $35.00- lol. But seriously, if you want it just give me the $10.00, I think you would like it- otherwise I will hold onto it because I could always use it- let me know.
  14. Hey-Oh!!!! I found some little neat containers for super cheap and thought I'd share what and where! First pics are from Walmart's Back 2 School section. These were $1 dollar each. They are stackable, have two latches for containment and are great for smaller finds that are worth separating out and isolation. Second are classic plastic cotton ball containers that were being merchandised as small screw containers at Mendards. These come in two sizes (can't remember what) and they are $1.88 per container. I like these for separating my new finds that are smaller and need to soak in vinegar/etc... to further break down any matrix. OR as another source of stackable containers. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!!! Steve
  15. New display cabinets

    For quite a while now I have been looking for some type of cabinet to display my better/favorite specimens. Curio cabinets and the like tend to be out of my price range. Even the used ones. My wonderful wife found some used glass retail cabinets for sale. They were so cheaply priced that I bought 2! They are 6 feet (1.82 meters)long by 3 feet (.9 meters) tall and 20 inches (50.8cm)wide. Now I can display some of my collection without worrying so much about dust, dirt, or accidental breakage as they were sitting out on an open shelf before. I’m super excited and had to share! The pic shows one of the cabinets. I’m temporarily using this one as storage as I had to get rid of the shelf I mentioned to make room. I’m working on the other one first as my main display. I’ll post some pics of it when I progress a little further and it looks more presentable.
  16. Fossil Storage Drawers

    Hi I’ve recently acquired this set of old draughtsman drawers which I intend to use for fossil storage. The drawers were used for storing A0 paper and they originate from an old paper mill and are dated to the early 1900s. Each drawer is about 70 mm deep. Just need to fill them now Nick
  17. I am an architecture student from India and my research dissertation and thesis are based at the Raiyoli site in Gujarat, India, known for its vast nesting grounds and several sauropod egg specimens discovered through the early eighties. It was also here that the Rajasaurus Narmedensis was first discovered. My design aims to create a new system including a live dig site, preparation labs, casting/moulding labs and also serving as a fossil repository for the secure storage of the fossils excavated at the site since no such facilities are present throughout the country. I would like to know the appropriate methods for categorization of specimens at such a site where a vast number of specimens, primarily eggs, petrified wood and a few bones have been found. Is there an existing method of categorization based on the size of the specimens and the equipment/tools required for the same? P.S.- My knowledge in palaeontology is limited to the questions relating to the spatial requirements for such facilities.
  18. In the past I have posted some plastic “Plano” brand cases that I periodically find and buy from Goodwill. These are great cases, they are made very well and are compartmentalized and perfect for storage of smaller fossils. The below pic shows some of the Plano cases that I have, they are the thinner ones. But I digressed- so today I stopped in a Goodwill and picked up two of the below cases that must have been used by a salesman for samples. These cases are very nice and well made and they will be perfect when out collecting at road cuts for smaller items such as brachiopods, etc. These cases are also compartmentalized and will allow me to sort fossils as I collect them rather than placing them in plastic bags where the fossils could get damaged by the end of the day. And at a cost of $3.99 each, I could not go wrong.
  19. Organization and Labeling

    Finally getting around to a project I have been wanting to do for a while now, making acrylic ID tags for my specimens. These particular ones (2.75x0.75") are sized to fit in the 3x3x0.75" boxes that I typically use in my drawers. And just for fun, my North Sulphur River drawer, which needs a little better organizing (and some tags) but I like it.
  20. Proper Cleaning of Fossils?

    Hey! I apologize if this has already been asked/answered. I looked through the site, and did a search, but didn’t come up with anything. However, there is a plethora of information here, so it’s plausibe I simply missed it. Is there a preferred method to cleaning fossils without damaging them? What about storing them? Currently, I soak them in hot water with Dawn dish soap, and scrub them with a medium/medium-hard, plastic bristled brush. The same ones you used to clean under your fingernails. Currently, I’ve not found a sufficient storage system, and have just packed them into plastic tupperware, etc. I’m pretty new to fossils, and finding them, and basically anything handling fossils entails, so I want to make sure I’m asking all of the right questions, and am doing things correctly so as to preserve them as they should be. Thanks in advance for your help! Pictures of one of my favorite finds for attention.
  21. Tiny Fossil Storage

    I just bought these for my tiny brachiopods and other small fossils. The batting inside has black velvet on one side and white on the other, so you can flip to whatever background you like. The boxes are plastic. The window is glass. They are about 1 inch (2.54 cm) square. Thought I'd share in case others have similar needs.
  22. Earlier this week we got the opportunity to buy a few old chests of drawers from a printing company that is ending its business. It is the kind of cabinet they used to store all the little lead letters they used in the past for printing, usually they tend to ask quite a lot of money for this kind of furniture, but we got 2 of them for very decent price. I even found a few stray lead printing letters left in one of the drawers. It took me a few trips from there to my home to get everything here, and we still have a lot of drawers to clean, but they are extremely convenient for the storage of smaller pieces of the collection. Every drawer is already divided in little cases that are perfect to sort everything out, but I am cutting pieces of paper to put in every case to have a cleaner look since we can't get the drawers completely clean. It will take awhile to get al the drawers tidy, but we are really pleased with the first results.
  23. Spent 12 hours yesterday helping out to downsize a widow's house as she prepares to move. Her partner passed away in December, and he was a bit of a hoarder (an organized one, I should add: everything was meticulously labeled). He was a novelty sign maker and assembled novelty clocks, in addition to being a competent woodworker and a car aficionado. It took a team of us to fill up one of those enormous rental dumpster bins to the top, a few trailers, and there is still a few more loads to go. All of this stuff was being consigned to the dump, with some better items being put to the side by a family member who runs an auction business - proceeds going to the widow to assist in her move. It would be a shame to see so many tools - a mark of this man's legacy - simply go off to the dump. A lot of this stuff is not for fossil prep at all, but one would be surprised how useful some tools and accessories can really come in handy to supplement one's designated fossil prep stuff. First up, storage solutions for smaller fossils. The double-faced case meant for storing nuts, bolts, nails, etc., has adjustable compartments. The classic nails, screws unit is also ideal for storing small fossils.
  24. Hadrosaur eggs and storage

    I was wondering what the best storage situation/environment is optimal as regards fossilized dinosaur eggs, especially hadrosaur eggs. Any advice would be appreciated.
  25. Fossil storage

    Hi, I've been thinking about organizing my collection so it doesn't break... I've seen some suggestions like putting everything into decided lure boxes, or in paper trays in drawers.i cannot find where it is possible to get these white paper storage trays! Also haven't really done with a solution for storing tiny fossils (up to date they are in a pile of small zip lock bags. Please help! I would be greatful for any suggestions for storing my