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I need help with the best ways to put a label on a fossil.

 

Currently I either write on the fossil directly or on a bit of white acrylic paint with an archival pen. 
 

Is it a good practice to put an under layer (below paint or pen ink) of a consolidant such as Butvar B 76 in acetone?

 

Will a really thick application (honey like) of a consolidant on sandstone provide a smooth surface to write on? Currently I use multiple layers of artists titanium white acrylic paint which does not work on surfaces as rough as sandstone.

 

If a surface is too rough, is it OK to cover a achieval paper label with a consolidant such as Paraloid B 67?

 

Is it worthwhile to put a topcoat of a consolidant on the pen ink label to protect it? I read that Paraloid B 67 dissolved in paint thinner (white spirits) works because consolidants dissolved in acetone might smear the pen ink.

 

I want a label that will last since I want to donate them to a US Forest Service nature center where they get handled frequently.

 

Thanks.

 

@jpc

 

@Carl

 

 

https://museumservicescorporation.com/products/paraloid-b-67-marking-varnishes

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Yes, apply a base of consolidant .  

Ye, if the surface is rough, you can write on a piece of archival paper and put that into the base layer. 

Yes, always put a protective top coat over the label.

 

I have attached a PDF guide to help.

marking kit.pdf

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Thanks. 
 

This is the best summary that I have seen. Just hard to search for when I needed it. 
 

I notice that Carl along with many others is given credit at the bottom.

My goal is to leave no stone or fossil unturned.   

See my Arizona Paleontology Guide    link  The best single resource for Arizona paleontology anywhere.       

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21 minutes ago, DPS Ammonite said:

Thanks. 
 

This is the best summary that I have seen. Just hard to search for when I needed it. 
 

I notice that Carl along with many others is given credit at the bottom.

paleo is a small world!  I always find it amazing to see names on publications and specimens of people I have actually met and talked with. 

 

"There is no shortage of fossils. There is only a shortage of paleontologists to study them." - Larry Martin

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Sounds like your have a pretty good protocol. 

 

I'll quickly outline ours:

 

Base coat of B72 (I'm sure Butvar/B76 would work, too)

India ink or thinned white acrylic paint, depending on the color of the fossil

Overcoat of B72

 

You could also make a B72/white acrylic/India ink/B72 sandwich

 

Archival paper with archival ink adhered with B72 is another good way to go, especially on rough matrices

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