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Basilosaurus reconstruction/repair/restoration - DIY

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I purchased a unsightly Franken-Basilosaurus tooth a few weeks ago for pretty cheap. Seeing as though i don't have $400-700+ to spend on a nice basilosaurus tooth i saw potential and a fun project in this cheap ugly duckling. Yes, it's Moroccan. 

 

It came with the typical glue/sand mix covering it, filling all cracks, voids and roughing out transitions of deceptive franken composites.

 

How it came:

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Ok, first things first. Clean it. I used acetone, a razor, a needle, a tooth brush and my engraver.

 

Hours of delicate work later i finally see what i'm working with. 

 

After cleaning:

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Yeesh, this might be more work than i thought......

 

And someone composited a incisor or canine tooth tip on the top of my premolar!! Bwahahaha!! 

 

Ok, composites need to go. Bye, bye

 

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Next i noticed this was not lined up correctly when it was glued back together. So i grab my trusty dremel tool and proceed to carefully saw this baby in half. Then i removed most of the epoxy/sand glue from each side. 

 

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Continued.........

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Macrophyseter

I'm enjoying this reconstruction :popcorn:

 

You should reconstruct another basilosaur tooth using that composite part you took out!

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12 minutes ago, Macrophyseter said:

I'm enjoying this reconstruction :popcorn:

 

You should reconstruct another basilosaur tooth using that composite part you took out!

 

Haha, that would be more epoxy than tooth! Lol

 

I think i'll give it to my son for his collection. He loves his sea monsters. 

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Bobby Rico

Fantastic job, nicely sculpted and you have  matched the colour and texture   . Congratulations 

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Haravex

That is an amazing job, it is very hard to tell its been restored which is a credit in it's self.

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LordTrilobite

That looks great! Much improved indeed.

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Fossildude19

You are truly an artist, Charlie! :blink:

This is professional work. :) 

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Ptychodus04

Very nicely done! 

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Troodon

Very well done you have a pretty good skill set.  Like that you included the tiny black wear facet in the tip.:dinothumb:

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Bone guy

Wow! If somebody showed this to me as an unrestored tooth I would believe them. This is flawless work. You should keep working with your talent. 

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TyBoy

Wow very nice job

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caldigger

Colorblind?!  So that's why your avatar is black and white. ;)

Well it certainly doesn't show on this piece. Your color matching is amazing and the way you included the crazing and imperfections in the enamel is protection in itself. Truly a magnificent job!

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WhodamanHD

Wow, for some reason it went to the last photo when I pressed this thread and I thought it was real for a second! Very nice job!

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7 hours ago, Bobby Rico said:

Fantastic job, nicely sculpted and you have  matched the colour and texture   . Congratulations 

 

6 hours ago, Haravex said:

That is an amazing job, it is very hard to tell its been restored which is a credit in it's self.

 

5 hours ago, LordTrilobite said:

That looks great! Much improved indeed.

 

4 hours ago, Fossildude19 said:

You are truly an artist, Charlie! :blink:

This is professional work. :) 

 

3 hours ago, Ptychodus04 said:

Very nicely done! 

 

3 hours ago, Troodon said:

Very well done you have a pretty good skill set.  Like that you included the tiny black wear facet in the tip.:dinothumb:

 

3 hours ago, Bone guy said:

Wow! If somebody showed this to me as an unrestored tooth I would believe them. This is flawless work. You should keep working with your talent. 

 

3 hours ago, TyBoy said:

Wow very nice job

 

2 hours ago, caldigger said:

Colorblind?!  So that's why your avatar is black and white. ;)

Well it certainly doesn't show on this piece. Your color matching is amazing and the way you included the crazing and imperfections in the enamel is protection in itself. Truly a magnificent job!

Thanks, everyone. I really appreciate the kind words. It was a fun little project. 

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5 minutes ago, WhodamanHD said:

Wow, for some reason it went to the last photo when I pressed this thread and I thought it was real! Very nice job!

 Huh....

 

Thanks. The devil's in the details. It's not perfect, but passable. 

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Sagebrush Steve

Outstanding work!  You’ve done a whale of a job!

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29 minutes ago, Sagebrush Steve said:

Outstanding work!  You’ve done a whale of a job!

Thank you. Very punny, sir. Lol

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jcbshark

awesome work Charlie:fistbump:

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5 hours ago, jcbshark said:

awesome work Charlie:fistbump:

Thanks Jeff! 

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I was generously given this tooth from STH by fellow member @digit (Ken). It had a busted root and he said "it had my name on it". I told him i'd fix it for him, but he said to keep it after i was done. Since i'm in the resto mood, might as well do it now. Thanks Ken! It's such a beautiful tooth, the colors from STH never disappoint. 

 

Here she is. She's not perfect, but still turned out pretty nice. 

 

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WhodamanHD

Nice! What’s the size on that tooth?

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4 minutes ago, WhodamanHD said:

Nice! What’s the size on that tooth?

Thanks. The Mako is 1 7/8" about 47mm. 

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digit

Sweet restoration job!!! :fistbump:

 

I knew that you were the man for that job. If you look closely, I do believe it did have your name on it. ;)

 

Still out on a roadtrip in the Carolinas on the backside of a trip out to the Meg Ledges. I've got a few other really interesting teeth that might find their way into your mailbox. They are really nice but need a bit of TLC.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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