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deltapodus
I'll post some it of pics later: I was hoping to do a bit of prepping later this afternoon, but it's raining and the light's terrible here. Same problem with photos.
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liz
Hi just been fossil hunting for the first time and I have absolutely no idea what I am talking about so need some advice from you people that are in the know. Went to saltwick bay near whitby and found quite a few ammonites in the ironstone nodules but how do you go about getting them out, if I used a hammer and chisel I am sure I would break the ammonite
I have included a picture of one of the best ones, any advice would be welcome and sorry for the nievaty!!
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liz
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prep01



Hi
Liz and welcome to the forum! The best way is to have them 'prepped' (prepared,
cleaned) using air tools made for the job. These tools are not cheap, but you
could buy them and 'do it yourself' - with a bit of experience a lot of
collectors get good results. You could also take them/ send them to a professional
preparator but this may be costly if the  preservation is not as good as you think,
ammonite centres may be missing or there may be damage caused during the
fossilisation process and may not warrant the expense!




Colin Huller
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Elbert


Hello, these ammonites tend to be compleet and can also be prept with just a hardened steel nail wich is sharpened and a small hammer.

If  you take it easy and try to avoid hitting the ammonite with the point of the nail it will take you about an afternoon to clean it.

Small bits at the time, if you try to be fast, you`ll probably ruin it...

Good luck and let us know(see) how it came out.


greetings, Bert

the search is as valuable as the finds...
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deltapodus
I'd be willing to give cleaning it up a go. The only thing I would charge would be postage back to you. 
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liz
Thank you for your advice i think I will have to be purchasing some prepping tools at some point.


Sounds good about you having a go at this ammonite, do you have some prepping tools?
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sd41
Hi Liz, welcome to the forum 

Like yourself I'm pretty much a newbie here, having just joined in July. keep it up and you'll soon get to grips with it all.

 Well done on finding the ammonites. I have recently found a few myself after returning from a fossil hunt trip to Seatown, Dorset... absolutely loved it there, the Golden Cap is beautiful!

 I am attempting to prep some pieces myself, using a Dremel type etcher - not expensive but its managing to take away some of the matrix slowly but surely. Not sure what the end results will be but I'm going for it. The trouble is the more I progress with it the more I start to bond with the piece and I start to panic about ruining it. I am doing it in small stages, 10-20 mins at a time. Unfortunately the one that I'm attempting to prep ( which I'm pretty certain is a Trago ) has been crushed during the fossilization so its very difficult for me to determine how much matrix to take away in certain places.  Its just great to see a fossil emerging. Even if I can't totally prep it, just seeing a part of it is enough for me. I know its in there and it could possibly be around 189 million years old! 

Keep on. 
Stacey 
Fossil hunting...What a rush! :)
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deltapodus
liz wrote:
Thank you for your advice i think I will have to be purchasing some prepping tools at some point.


Sounds good about you having a go at this ammonite, do you have some prepping tools?


An airpen - one of Ken Mannion's. To give you the full picture, I've only had it a week or so, which is why  wouldn't charge - there's definitely others with more experience, but yours does look like it will prep easily, and is all there. Not like the one I'm just prepping where the outer whorl is perfect, but the centre is missing. 
   
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fossil mad
It might just pop off with a pen but it looks like it could be partly preserved in calcite.
The matrix is so hard that the calcite part usually breaks because it is so brittle.
good luck with it though.
"When can we go fossil hunting again?"
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liz
Hi, send some pics of your work!!
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liz
Deltapodus and Stacy send some pictures through of what you are working on at the moment!

thanks to everyone else for your tips;-)

Deltapodus do you still fancy giving it a go, like the person said above it may well be quite brittle round the calcite, send me your details.   liz
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sd41
Hi Liz, 

I will put on some pics asap. Unfortunately I'm having problems with my laptop at the mo and I'm using my sons Ipad to check out the forum and I haven't figured out how to attach photos from it.

Keep a eye out. When my laptop is good to go I have a nice selection of pieces from Seatown that I want to show, including some small but cute ammos, belenites, crinoid stem etc, not in great condition but I was very happy with finding them. Also some partial dino footcasts  and a very possible single dino toe with claw print which I collected at Cliff End/Fairlight area. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS!!!! That's where I get my biggest thrill.   Sadly I'm still a dino bone virgin... I want one! 

Stacey
Fossil hunting...What a rush! :)
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