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Brett Breakin' Rocks

Whoo those fish are purty RB ... you are the master. One day I shall follow in your hallowed footsteps. For now I'll just brag that I know you ... and enjoy your work.

 

Haha ...

 

Cheers

B

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RJB

  Ive been busy getting all the fish slabs out of the truck with the help of my middle son.   The day before I went into town and on the way back,,,,,,, car pulls out right in front of me,,,,,,  Screeeeeeech went the breaks and all the fish slabs slammed into the back of the front seats!!!   Got home and saw some broken stuff but really not too bad.  The biggest problem is delaminating of some of the rock.  Ive been through 4 oz's of glue already and will have some more to do at a later date for sure.  The more these things dry the more problems you run into.  Just have to take care of them as you go through them and also while prepping too.  Any day now the weather will be nice enough for me to use my air abrasive system with the media caking up on me.  so for now Im just removing rock with the 9100.  I will have about 5 or 6 and maybe even 7 fish ready for the comco soon.  They will start dropping like fly's.   Well, not really but sure sounds good! 

 

RB 

 

Hard to see the delam but getting this one glued up and ready for prep.  Looks like a serrata?

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I wish my boys would have cut out the missing backbone for this but stuff happens.  A nice big Mioplosis about 15 inches

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Had to use glue about 7 time for this fish but getting there after about 5 hours of prep.  Almost ready for the comco! 

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Ptychodus04
39 minutes ago, RJB said:

 

I wish my boys would have cut out the missing backbone for this but stuff happens.

 

You know, I walked past the other side of this fish probably 100 times and never thought to ask if you wanted the bits that were there. :DOH:

 

The fish are looking good. I was going to prep tonight but I’m sitting with a power outage twiddling my thumbs.

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Fossil-Hound
16 hours ago, Ptychodus04 said:

 

You know, I walked past the other side of this fish probably 100 times and never thought to ask if you wanted the bits that were there. :DOH:

 

The fish are looking good. I was going to prep tonight but I’m sitting with a power outage twiddling my thumbs.

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

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Fossil-Hound

@RJB good to use a lower viscosity superglue. The delaminating is a real problem there and you might want to coat the top of rock with some kind of sealant because the flaking will occur throughout the entire rock. It's a good thing you stabilized the sides though. That's what I would start off at. Nice Priscicara. It's a little banged up but they are neat looking.

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Ptychodus04

That is the 1st interhemal bone. Thankfully, they are typically rather robust so it is a great marker for the start of the anal fin.

 

I’m finally getting to start work on my fish now that my contract prepping is caught up. The only problem is that I’ve spent so much time in the lab recently that my family is starting to forget what I look like. :P

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RJB
54 minutes ago, Ptychodus04 said:

I’m finally getting to start work on my fish now that my contract prepping is caught up. The only problem is that I’ve spent so much time in the lab recently that my family is starting to forget what I look like.

i used to be able to prep aaaaaaaaaaaall day long till about 11 pm!   and the only preblem with these fish is the time involved.  Not easy.  Your air abrasive is going to come in mighty handy.  Just take a sack lunch with you into your lab and tell family you will see them tomorrow.  :)

 

RB

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Ptychodus04
10 minutes ago, RJB said:

i used to be able to prep aaaaaaaaaaaall day long till about 11 pm!   and the only preblem with these fish is the time involved.  Not easy.  Your air abrasive is going to come in mighty handy.  Just take a sack lunch with you into your lab and tell family you will see them tomorrow.  :)

 

RB

:default_rofl:

 

Yah, that hard rock sure takes its time coming off but the fish sure are nice underneath.

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RJB

  One of the fish I brought home was a very nice Notogoneus from the bottom cap layers.  The problem was that it came up in two pieces!!!   Today, after some ruffing out on some other fish, ( and also drying out my dessicant in the oven),  I took a look at one of the two pieces.  Layed it onto my prep bench and put the lights aiming at the edge of the rock.   I noticed immediatly the small hairline crack in it.  Well, it was time to get to work with some very small and very thin putty knifes.  I was a bit scared but just kept working that crack all the way around the rock. Worked out purty dang good!!!   Then on to the other side.  A lot harder and a lot scarier the other side, but after some very careful and I might even say 'skillful' time and effort it actually worked out.   its not flat at all on the bad side but after some grinding to help it get flatter I will then glue both pieces together and then onto a piece of Dura Board with lots of Type 2 Silicone.  Ill finish up the edges with some 'Rock Ite" and then clean up the edges.  The actuall prep for this will be fairly easy being its so close to the surface.  Gunna get a hck of alot of fish done this summer!!!!   Oh, this rock is bigger than it looks. I think I got rid of 40 lbs of rock!!!

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Ludwigia

Good split. That should save you having back problems :)

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RJB
7 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

Good split. That should save you having back problems

Thats funny Roger.  Ive had back prolems waaaaaaay before this dang stroke.  Just hope no more problems come around?   Still preppin so im one happy camper!!!  :)

 

RB

 

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Ludwigia
6 minutes ago, RJB said:

Thats funny Roger.  Ive had back prolems waaaaaaay before this dang stroke.  Just hope no more problems come around?   Still preppin so im one happy camper!!!  :)

 

RB

 

You're a survivor, Ron. No worries there, eh?

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Pagurus
2 hours ago, RJB said:

I will then glue both pieces together and then onto a piece of Dura Board with lots of Type 2 Silicone.  Ill finish up the edges with some 'Rock Ite" and then clean up the edges. 

 

Thanks for sharing all your secrets, professor Ron.  :)

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Fossildude19

Very cool, Ron. :) 

I am really enjoying you uncovering these fish. 

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Ludwigia

Isn't it wonderful to have something with a good separating layer? Looks great as far as I can see.

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Randyw

Looking really good!

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RJB
16 hours ago, Ludwigia said:

sn't it wonderful to have something with a good separating layer? Looks great as far as I can see.

yes, always nice, but it makes me want to go faster.  Thats when i usually start making mistakes

 

RB

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Ludwigia
8 hours ago, RJB said:

yes, always nice, but it makes me want to go faster.  Thats when i usually start making mistakes

 

RB

I know what you mean. Then suddenly a bit of shell pops off too. Oh my!

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RJB

  My middle son usually comes over once a week to help me out with all kinds of stuff.   He missed last week so I was not ready to do any air abrasion work.  Lots of clean up to do in order to do that.  Well, he was here just the other day and one of the things we did was get the air abrasion work station cleared out and ready to rip!  Problem with that is lots of spring and summer stuff to do so even today was busy with yard work.  We have a very large yard!  But I did get some more of the 'problem' fish almost ready to go.

 

 

  Here is the very first fish my middle son found on the very first morning.  As it dried in the sun it was delaminating so lots of glue was in order to save it.  It is not also glued onto some dura rock and just about ready for prep.  This fish looks to be almost freakin perfect!!! 

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This big 18 inch diplo fell apart into 5 pieces.   Gunna take some work.

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The fish on the right is the diplo above being glued back together.  Gunna take 2 more days to get it all together.  You can see the dura rock underneath that it will be glued onto once the intire slab is ready to go.  The fish on the left is a Notogonius that was in two pieces.   Soon to be glued onto a piece of dura rock and ready for prep.   I might oval this rock just to make it smaller and more manigable? 

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Ludwigia

Looks like you're gunna have some fun with those lil fishies.

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6ix

Man that concretion one is real nice!

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