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I was given another one of these large Arietites ammonites from the Early Jurassic Sinemurian to prepare recently. It turned out that it wasn't worth the effort for my friend, since it became obvious after a few hours of work that there weren't any more ribs to be found after a certain point. You can see this in the photo below. The arrow marks the point where the whorls disappeared and the ellipse shows another area where there were no ribs.

 

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So he left it with me and I decided, what the heck, let's do a bit of carving just for fun. I used mostly the attachment on the air pen with the flat stylus until I approached the center and then changed over to the fine point. Took about 7 hours to get it done and now it's found a place out in the garden. I figure I could go into competition with the Moroccans now :P

Arietites solarium. 40cm.

 

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FossilDAWG

That would be worth a few hundred $$ in the hands of some dealers I have seen at rock shows.

 

Don

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44 minutes ago, FossilDAWG said:

That would be worth a few hundred $$ in the hands of some dealers I have seen at rock shows.

 

Don

Hmmm...:ninja:

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FossilNerd

I think it looks pretty good. A lot better than some of the other carved ones I have seen! :thumbsu:

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16 minutes ago, FossilNerd said:

I think it looks pretty good. A lot better than some of the other carved ones I have seen! :thumbsu:

Thanks. Good enough for the garden at least :)

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5 hours ago, Ruger9a said:

Nice job.  I seen a lot worse.

Me too. :)

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