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historianmichael

My dad and I collected this large fern several months ago in PA and have since contemplated how best to prepare it in order for the fossil to be visible.  When the material is dampened, the fossil is visible; but, when the shale dries, the fern kinda disappears back into the material. We read somewhere that coating the material in Butvar may darken the material and may make the fossil more visible; however, we would love to hear the thoughts and suggestions on this group. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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KimTexan

That is a beauty! You have the majority of the blade.

I know nothing about prep. I have played with prepping some of my Carboniferous plant material, but mostly it is removing matrix that is covering plant material to expose it.

The blade itself looks almost perfect. I wouldn’t do anything to prep it.

Now if you’re talking about the stuff on the left that is a different story. It could use some work. Or if you’re talking about preservation that’s is another story.

@Plantguy ,  @minnbuckeye and @nala may have something to say.

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RJB

What Ludwigia says.

 

RB

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Tidgy's Dad

What RJB says. :)

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Ptychodus04

What @Tidgy's Dad said. Of course, I would add Paraloid to the list of possibles.

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minnbuckeye
29 minutes ago, Ptychodus04 said:

What @Tidgy's Dad said. Of course, I would add Paraloid to the list of possibles.

 

What Ptychodus04 said! Actually, I use paraloid myself.

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Tidgy's Dad
On 12/24/2018 at 10:28 PM, minnbuckeye said:

 

What Ptychodus04 said! Actually, I use paraloid myself.

What Mike said. 

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