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A Very Large Pulalius vulgaris from Washington

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Tidgy's Dad

Good luck, Crab Guy! :)

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Ludwigia

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Walt

where can I get crabs.......like those :)

Is Washington the only place for them?

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goatinformationist

You can get crabs in the limestone pits of SoFlorida, and many pieces besides.

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goatinformationist
6 minutes ago, goatinformationist said:

You can get crabs in the limestone pits of SoFlorida, and many pieces besides.

 

Thanks Walt.  They are not in concretions per se, but are a part of the coquina mix and rarely all of a  whole piece.

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Walt
3 minutes ago, goatinformationist said:

 

Thanks Walt.  They are not in concretions per se, but are a part of the coquina mix and rarely all of a  whole piece.

Thanks!  gonna have to get over to Florida this winter...lots to collect there.

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RJB
56 minutes ago, Walt said:

where can I get crabs.......like those :)

Is Washington the only place for them?

Hey Walt, with no connections, it could be almost impossible to get these Washington crabs.  Ive been going there every year for way over 20 years and Im still always on the lookout for more conections.  With everything being posted No Tresspassing and gates everywhere nowadays, its becoming very hard to get crab concretions.  20 years ago, and knowing where to go, all i had to do was 'pick them up'.  Not so any more.  I do wish you the best of luck though.

 

RB

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Walt
2 minutes ago, RJB said:

Hey Walt, with no connections, it could be almost impossible to get these Washington crabs.  Ive been going there every year for way over 20 years and Im still always on the lookout for more conections.  With everything being posted No Tresspassing and gates everywhere nowadays, its becoming very hard to get crab concretions.  20 years ago, and knowing where to go, all i had to do was 'pick them up'.  Not so any more.  I do wish you the best of luck though.

 

RB

Thanks, RB!  Guess I will just have to enjoy looking at yours :D

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RJB
29 minutes ago, Walt said:

Thanks, RB!  Guess I will just have to enjoy looking at yours

No Walt, I mean, yeah, you can enjoy mine, but keep an eye out for anybody on the net who may hunt for or have any concretions from Washington.  Be careful though.  There are sometimes worthless concretions out there on the net.  I have found area's  where each and every concretion is just calcite junk and thousands of them.  It pays to know the locations of where they come from.  Or if nothing else, to be lucky. 

 

RB

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WhodamanHD

Yeah, work your magic crab guy!:D

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RJB
18 minutes ago, WhodamanHD said:

Yeah, work your magic crab guy

i will do my best.  and thanks man

 

RB

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caldigger

Better to be called the "Crab Guy" than just plain "Crabby". ;)

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Ptychodus04

@RJB aka Eugene Krabs! 

 

 

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If if anyone can make a mediocre prep on a crab into a beauty it’s you sir.

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ynot

Looking forward to seeing what magic You do on this hideous beast.

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RJB
20 hours ago, Ptychodus04 said:

if anyone can make a mediocre prep on a crab into a beauty it’s you sir.

Thanks man

 

20 hours ago, ynot said:

hideous beast.

That was funny.  The thing for me is,,  I know the guy who enitialy prepped this and why he beat it up so badly with his scribe I have no idea?  Im gunna hafta do a bit of repair on this 'Hidious Beast'.

 

RB

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RJB

  Ok, Ive got almost 10 hours into cleaning this 'hidious beast' up.  Took me quite awhile to smooth out the rock, and also not used to how deep this other guy went with his airscribe and litteraly have to clean  up rock with most of the legs being 'pedistaled'!!!  Something im not used to.  Ive also taken this intire rock under the kitchen sink faucet with soap and cleaned it up with a used tooth brush and then letting it dry completely.  then I have some rock to rebuild and lots of little repairs on the crab itself.   Even though this crab was beat  up purty good, its now starting to look purty dang good.  Just takes some time and some TLC. 

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Tidgy's Dad

As  you say, it looked a bit sorry for itself to start with, but is now looking jolly good! 

Result! :)

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ynot

Coming along nicely.

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Fossildude19

Pure artistry, Ron. :wub: 

Amazing!

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fossisle

Awesome, looks like its crawling out of the rock!!

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RJB

Ive got about 4 or 5 hours to go and then its going to look as good as I can make it.  Thanks everybody.

 

RB

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crabfossilsteve

You certainly have dressed that crab up nicely considering how it looked before.  Too bad it was so badly abused in its initial prep.

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RJB

  I did some repair work today on this crab today. Im having lots of fun with this crab, but its gunna get real tuff finishing out the face and the inside of the pincer area's. Its going to take longer than I had anticipated but for me, thats par for course.  In this 1st pic the black circles are were I made some fake matrix and I will tool those out on my next prep session.
The red circles are where I applied a two part putty and once cured, I will sculp and then do my acrylic work. Pics 2 and 3 are where I took off some glue that was already there when I got this crab. With that part of the rock not being tooled, the glue would have looked really bad. Now gone. All it took was a bit of acitone and about 6 minutes of work. TaDaaaa!!! Not even an hour of work today on this crab, but about 4 hours to go. Gunna be real nice once done. I wish all crabs were this nice to work on!!!

 

RB

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20 minutes ago, crabfossilsteve said:

You certainly have dressed that crab up nicely considering how it looked before.  Too bad it was so badly abused in its initial prep.

I dont want to put a name to the guy who first attacked this concretion, but you know him.  The thing is, he was using a tip on his ME9100 that was very dull, and this crab is what I call a 'glass crab'.  Very very fragile just like glass.  And with that dull tip, it was taking off big parts of rock instead of little teeny tiny parts of rock.  Big parts of rock was also taking off chunks of crab.  Not near as much control with a sharp tip. anyways, im doing what I can.

 

RB

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