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Well, i thought I'd show my primitive prepping skills. 

This is all rather unnecessary as Tony @ynothas already done this thread here and probably better and the pieces shown were kindly donated to me as well. 

So treat this as a repeat of what Tony does better. 

Hey ho.:trilo:

So these are the three pieces that Kind Tony sent me.

1. Notice this Elrathia kingii (1.2 cm long) has a break on the anterior margin (cause of death?) .and an upside down Itagnostus interstrictus  (5.5 mm) above it and a piece of another to the right of it.20171121_165728-1-1.thumb.jpg.8f0a85476fd4fec9a0420bcbd01a42d4.jpg

2. This Elrathia (1.8 cm long) has another ones cephalon stuck to its cephalon and some serious damage on the right side pleura. 

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3. This one is upside down in the matrix. (2.3 cm long) 

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All my prepping was done balancing the specimens on my knee and using a jeweller's loupe to see and a board pin image.png.9a3d3e94553d4c35a35800c839b642e9.pngto do the actual prepping. Some water and saliva were also involved, but that was all. First I carefully cleaned as much of the matrix off the first two specimens as i could using the pin and then dug around the third piece so I could 'pop' it out of the matrix. Then I dug all around the other two specimens with the pin and popped them out of the matrix.  Here is the third one popped out and with a bit of prep already completed. Sorry for the dreadful photo, but wifey and her camera phone weren't about so i started prepping and then took this photo with my computer as i was impatient to continue. When it was first popped only a tiny bit of the glabella was showing clear of matrix.   

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Here i have popped the Itagnostus before popping the Elrathia. 

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Notice the tiny Itagnostus at the top of the picture. 

This ones only 2 mm long. Found it whilst I was fiddling about.

And cleaned it.

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So here are the finished agnostids :

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And the Elrathia. : Notice the broken bit broke off and i glued it back. Badly. Probably shouldn't have popped this one. 

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I say you did a good job using only the pin. But I am curious as why you didn't leave the associated trilos in the matrix?

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And some other bits and pieces I found smashing up the slabs :

This first one 1.5 mm at its widest point.

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the next 1.3 cm

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And this cephalon would have been from a biggun, 1.8 cm across.. 

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Oh boy.  Those are some fine specimens.  Nice job!

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11 minutes ago, Darktooth said:

I say you did a good job using only the pin. But I am curious as why you didn't leave the associated trilos in the matrix?

I know i'm a bit dim, but I don't understand. 

 

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Bravo, Adam! Sometimes nothing quite beats a good ol' fashioned pin prep job. It's quieter and feels a bit more "intimate" than using the air tools. But preparing them on your knee? Oh my - we need to get you a table!

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23 minutes ago, Peat Burns said:

Oh boy.  Those are some fine specimens.  Nice job!

Bless you, my friend!:)

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21 minutes ago, Kane said:

Bravo, Adam! Sometimes nothing quite beats a good ol' fashioned pin prep job. It's quieter and feels a bit more "intimate" than using the air tools. But preparing them on your knee? Oh my - we need to get you a table!

Thank you, my friend! :)

I do have a few useful tables, but can't afford any of the other stuff. 'Air tools' ? Not in forty plus years of prep. 

Ha de ha. ;)

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1 hour ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

I know i'm a bit dim, but I don't understand. 

 

In your first pic you have a specimen with two different species of trilobite. Some people would choose to leave them in the matrix to make the piece more interesting. I am just curious why you chose to take them out?

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Delighted. Your post clearly demonstrates that simple prep methods can produce admirable results.

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41 minutes ago, snolly50 said:

Delighted. Your post clearly demonstrates that simple prep methods can produce admirable results.

 

Agree totally!! It is nice for people to realize simple techniques can produce almost professional results. I can't tell you how many times I have put a specimen locked in matrix into a simple vice and tightened down. If one get used to the fracture pattern of the matrix you are working with, wonderful results can happen. I can often extract a fossil with BETTER results  than  using my more high powered drills. Again, something so simple. Do have a little superglue,just in case!!!!

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5 hours ago, Darktooth said:

I say you did a good job using only the pin. But I am curious as why you didn't leave the associated trilos in the matrix?

Ah, I see! Sorry. 

The first pic shows a lovely Elrathia kingii, but the Itagnostus interstrictus is upside down. I had to remove the agnostid as it is the only complete large one of this species I have and i wanted to prep it. It came out beautifully as can be seen. The underneath of these things doesn't look nice. Then I was fine with popping out the Elrathia and smashing up the matrix in which I found a couple of other nice things. What I did do though, is leave the matrix piece of the upside down larger Elrathia, so i can put it back in it's original location to show people how I did it. I have unearthed a couple of smaller trilobites in this matrix too as well as a cephalon of Elrathia on the reverse side. 

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2 hours ago, snolly50 said:

Delighted. Your post clearly demonstrates that simple prep methods can produce admirable results.

Thank you, Mr Snolly. 

It is fun to do, though my poor eyeses do water so! 

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1 hour ago, minnbuckeye said:

 

Agree totally!! It is nice for people to realize simple techniques can produce almost professional results. I can't tell you how many times I have put a specimen locked in matrix into a simple vice and tightened down. If one get used to the fracture pattern of the matrix you are working with, wonderful results can happen. I can often extract a fossil with BETTER results  than  using my more high powered drills. Again, something so simple. Do have a little superglue,just in case!!!!

Thank you, Mike! :)

And I had to use my superglue once! made a bit of a hash of it, but not the glue's fault. 

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You cleaned those nicely.

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8 hours ago, ynot said:

You cleaned those nicely.

Thank you! :)

But i had help from having read your thread about it!  

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