Dad, can we take it home, pleeeeeze...

Discussion in 'Cephalopod Fossils' started by pocketmoon, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. pocketmoon

    pocketmoon Cuttlefish Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    The father ran back to the car, drove to the nearest DIY shop and came back with poles, string and a tarp...

    see here: discoveringfossils weekend fieldtrip day 1

    :smile:


    My find was tiny, 2cm across. Tricky to prep, being my first attempt!

    [​IMG]

    Rob
     
  2. erich orser

    erich orser Architeuthis Supporter Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,632
    Likes Received:
    0
    And beautiful!
     
  3. sorseress

    sorseress Colossal Squid Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2005
    Messages:
    3,026
    Likes Received:
    1
    Wow! That's a great fossil! Where was that?
     
  4. pocketmoon

    pocketmoon Cuttlefish Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
  5. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2002
    Messages:
    3,034
    Likes Received:
    16
    Wow, that's a stunner and a great find.

    What technique and tools do you use to extract it from the rock?
     
  6. pocketmoon

    pocketmoon Cuttlefish Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well the big 'un was hit with a BFH :) and split almost perfectly across the face.

    I'm a novice prepper. I used a dremel with a variety of bits to etch away the matrix (An air pen would no doubt have been much faster). And now I'm using, water, a touthbrush, a magnifying glass and one of those dentist type metal pointy thingies (bought from hobbycraft).

    Wetting the fossils darkens the matrix, which when scratched shows white. Makes it easier to work out what to pick at and what not to pick at.

    I've asked the wife for a compressor/air pen/air abrassion set up from my birthday :)
     

Share This Page