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53 minutes ago, Randyw said:

So on these do you stabilize the whole piece of just the fish?

The whole back side gets Paraloid and the edges get soaked with Paleobond. On the front, it’s just the fish.

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Ptychodus04

I finished up this nightmare prep for @holdinghistory last night. This Diplo is huge and must have been a real stinker judging from the amount of decomposition evident. This one was tough. It’s actually harder to prep a rotted fish due to the bone displacement. When the bones are in the right spot, they help hold the scales in place. Without them, the scales also move around, get super thin and leave blank areas. This just proves the bias I get as a preparator. When you see these all the time, only perfect is good enough.

 

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Randyw

Great looking job!

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daves64

Is it wrong to say that you make a rotting fish look good @Ptychodus04:whistle:

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Arlie

I think it’s a neat piece! You do an awesome job, makes me want to try prepping lol

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Ptychodus04
1 hour ago, daves64 said:

Is it wrong to say that you make a rotting fish look good @Ptychodus04:whistle:

Not as long as you’re talking about my prep skills rather than my looks. :heartylaugh:
 

15 minutes ago, Arlie said:

I think it’s a neat piece! You do an awesome job, makes me want to try prepping lol

Don’t do it! It will suck you in. :P

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Ptychodus04

This monster, heavy bottom cap slab has 2 huge Knightias. The largest is 7” long! I’m contemplating a vertical display for this piece to give it the “swimming upstream” effect.


Before photo as it sat last night:

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And after prep:

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Tidgy's Dad

Really top prepping. :)

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holdinghistory
On 1/9/2020 at 2:30 PM, Ptychodus04 said:

I finished up this nightmare prep for @holdinghistory last night. This Diplo is huge and must have been a real stinker judging from the amount of decomposition evident. This one was tough. It’s actually harder to prep a rotted fish due to the bone displacement. When the bones are in the right spot, they help hold the scales in place. Without them, the scales also move around, get super thin and leave blank areas. This just proves the bias I get as a preparator. When you see these all the time, only perfect is good enough.

 

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Thanks Kris :-).

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Ptychodus04

I spent 10 hours in the lab today working on this somewhat rotten Mioplosus. The face is nice and the tail is nice but the middle has some issues. 
 

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Randyw

Still looks better then that diplo i was prepping that I was talking to you about earlier!

 

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Ptychodus04

Yah, that guy’s a mess

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Ptychodus04

I’ve been off the prep train for a bit as I’ve had a rather nasty bout with some virus that made me wish I was dead last week. This weekend I was feeling a bit better (thus I spent a little time working some bits of steel) but felt that coughing up both lungs all day wasn’t conducive to quality preparation results. So, the lab is feeling lonely.

 

I did a minor bit of work finally assembling a piece my wife wanted me to test out. So, I give you Mrs. P04’s Knightia clock.

 

 

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What do you think? I think it turned out well. I need to make a nice metal stand for it, but that can wait until this weekend.

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Randyw

That’s a cool idea!

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Huntonia

I think it's come out quite nicely. I like that you've kept the clock a bit separate from the fossil, that way it has two focuses, the fossils don't distract from reading the clock and the clock doesn't take away from the fossils. Good work!

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Ptychodus04
10 hours ago, Randyw said:

That’s a cool idea!

 

8 hours ago, Huntonia said:

I think it's come out quite nicely. I like that you've kept the clock a bit separate from the fossil, that way it has two focuses, the fossils don't distract from reading the clock and the clock doesn't take away from the fossils. Good work!

Thanks guys. :thumbsu:

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Ludwigia

Your wifey had a nice idea and you did a good job realizing it.

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Bobby Rico

How did you get the time to make that, looks really cool . It must have been a little nerve racking drilling that hole out for the clock.  Very nice work.

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Ptychodus04
1 hour ago, Ludwigia said:

Your wifey had a nice idea and you did a good job realizing it.

Thank you sir.

1 hour ago, Bobby Rico said:

How did you get the time to make that, looks really cool . It must have been a little nerve racking drilling that hole out for the clock.  Very nice work.

Oh, there's a comic in the house...:default_rofl: It was actually more nerve racking to put the numbers on and get the alignment right. The rock is so soft that drilling was the easy part.

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daves64

:thumbsu: Awesome clock. Now we know where your good ideas come from. :D

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hadrosauridae

Looks amazing!

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Ptychodus04

After 2 weeks out of the lab due to a gnarly virus, I had enough tIme between coughing fits To spend some time on one of my Mioplosus preps.

 

The fins on this fish are amazing and alternating between the micro jack and abrasive is teasing out the details on the caudal fin.

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Here’s a 10x view through the microscope of the very tip of the ventral ray of the caudal fin.

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You can’t ask for better preservation. The problem is the time it takes to prep out these details. I’m already around 15 hours into this fish and I easily have that much or more to finish it. :DOH:

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RJB

  The clock fish,,,,,  looks fantastic!  I hope you dont mind if I steal that idea?   The mio tail,,,,,,,  freakin awsome!!!   You do some nice work my freind and im glad your feeling better. 

 

RB

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