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Lower Carboniferous Ireland

Lower Carboniferous Ireland

All fossils have been collected and prepared  from the Malahide formation on the east coast of ireland. Carboniferous limestone makes up a good portion of the Malahide formation which yields good specimens of different species of Brachiopods, Bryozoans, both solitary and colonial Corals, Gastropods, Bivalves, Goniatites, both coiled and orthoconic Nautiloids, Crinoids, and if your lucky, Trilobites and ostracods.

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Brian James Maguire

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@Ludwigiafirst i start with a diamond cutting disc on a 4 inch cordless grinder to give the rough shape i want then i change to diamond polishing pads grit 50 then 100 then 240, i change to paper then on a 4 inch sander for grits 320,400,500, and finish with 800, some delicate areas i repeat that process by hand with paper, matrix removal i use a dremel 290 engraver with tungsten tips from zoic paleotech, also use dremel rotary tool with various diamond stylus and cutting discs for small work, i have a vacuum box for dust removal and most work is carried out through a 20x 6 inch magnifier, really delicate work is done with various dental tools, Thats pretty much it!

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Quite detailed and well done work I would say. Thanks for sharing your trade secrets :D

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Very nice!  My favorites so far are the long Orthoconic Nautiloid, the Trilobite Pygidium, the Gastropod, and oh yeah, that brachiopod!  Hmm, that is most of them, oh well!  Well done.

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Brian James Maguire

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6 minutes ago, ClearLake said:

Very nice!  My favorites so far are the long Orthoconic Nautiloid, the Trilobite Pygidium, the Gastropod, and oh yeah, that brachiopod!  Hmm, that is most of them, oh well!  Well done.

Thanks for the encouragement, i really enjoy prepping out its so enjoyable 

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Brian, that is amazing! Every one like a piece of art!

Thanks so much for sharing your prep with us!

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Brian James Maguire

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On 2/12/2024 at 1:50 PM, Paul1719 said:

Brian, that is amazing! Every one like a piece of art!

Thanks so much for sharing your prep with us!

Thanks a million paul, so nice to get that appreciation from fellow members

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Fossildude19

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Fantastic finds and prep work!
Love these polished beauties!

Thanks for posting them here, Brian.  :wub:

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LSCHNELLE

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You are very gifted at your preparation work. I can't imagine how dull some of the fossils might have looked before you got on to prepping them and finishing them! Great job!

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Brian James Maguire

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4 hours ago, LSCHNELLE said:

You are very gifted at your preparation work. I can't imagine how dull some of the fossils might have looked before you got on to prepping them and finishing them! Great job!

Thank you so much! I think its nice to prep out the sometimes overlooked fossils that don't get the credit they deserve, they are all important to me and it gives me great pleasure to make something look good and be hopefully enjoyed for generations to come, 

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FossilGuy55

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I especially like the gastropod 

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Very beautiful, each one looks like a little piece of jewellery

 

How much work (time) does it that to make one ?

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