Paleonet: Advice on putty for positioning specimens

Portell,Roger W portell at
Wed Aug 29 14:56:23 GMT 2012

Try sugar sand or any number of medium to coarse powders used in air abrasive units (walnut, dolomite, etc.)
Roger W. Portell
Director of Collections
Invertebrate Paleontology
Florida Museum of Natural History
1659 Museum Road
P.O. Box 117800
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

352-273-2110 (phone)
352-846-0287 (fax)

From: paleonet-bounces at [mailto:paleonet-bounces at] On Behalf Of Phil Novack-Gottshall
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 10:27 AM
To: PaleoNet
Subject: Paleonet: Advice on putty for positioning specimens


I have a colleague working with preserved eggs, and needs to position them for measurement. I've used play-dough and other putties in the past with less valuable specimens, but they've left residues on the specimen. Do you have any recommendations for "putties" that are suitable for museum specimens? (She can't use metal shot because she's measuring for trace metals in the shells.)

  Phil Novack-Gottshall
  Assistant Professor                          pnovack-gottshall at<mailto:pnovack-gottshall at>
  Department of Biological Sciences
  Benedictine University
  5700 College Road
  Lisle, IL 60532

  Phone: 630-829-6514    Office: 332 Birck Hall        Lab: 107 Birck Hall
  Fax: 630-829-6547
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