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Stabalizing fish fossils


#1

One of my neighbors is building a house and using fish fossils to
line one the walls in a room. I recieved a few “extra” little guys
to see if I could use them in jewlery. The matrix is very soft, I
can scratch it with my fingernail. Any suggestions on how to make it
harder (maybe something like Opticon) without making the little
fishies disappear?

I wish I could be in Tuscon right now with you all, but I can’t get
there until Monday ;( . Have a wonderful Orchid Dinner! If any of
you are still in town, come see me at the TGMS show in the arena
section.

Wendy Newman


#2

Try soudim silicateWaterglass or egg keep) most drug stores carry
it, dilute it, at about 25 pts. to 75 parts water inother words about
25% solution then lightly brush it on this is what I use to condition
my molds for tuffa stone casting it hardens the material a good bit ,
in fact that’s what we used to use to stabalize turquoise chalk into
cuttable material. Kenneth Ferrell www.shadras.com


#3

Brushing on Hot Stuff or some similar cyanoacrylate would probably
work. I have been using a product called “WonderLock’em” which is
made for furniture repair and is sold at Ace Hardware. It is really
just a super-penetrating superglue.

Lee Einer
Dos Manos Jewelry
http://www.dosmanosjewelry.com