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Always wanted to polish your fossils at home? All you need is some basic supplies and you can begin! In the pack:

  • Detailed instructions with lots of tips!
  • 5x sheets of Waterproof, resin bonded, flexible, silicon carbide Wet-and-Dry paper (80G, 220G, 400G, 800G, 1200G)
  • 50g Tin Oxide Premium Polishing Powder
  • 1x Dremel 414 Felt Polishing Wheel (to fit rotary tool)
  • 1x Dremel 429 Felt Polishing Wheel (to fit rotary tool)

You will also need a tub of clean water, a rotary tool (rotary Dremel-type) with mandrel similar to Dremel 401 mandrel (usually you'll have something that fits if you have an assortment of accessories), safety glasses and some fossils for polishing. We have some available in our 'Unprepped Fossils' section!

Optional: you may also want to use some thin gloves, double sided tape, garden mister filled with water, towels or kitchen roll, a bar of softish soap and an old toothbrush. 

Fossil polishing is also a great and satisfying activity for children (but we recommend that a responsible adult handles the tin oxide part!). Always supervise your children. 

Click here to read our guide to fossil polishing to learn more

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What is fossil polishing?

Polishing can be a the perfect way to enhance the beauty of a fossil. It is an aesthetic approach to fossil preparation, usually performed on fossils which either are found so abundantly that their scientific value is limited, or fossils that just 'look best' when they're polished. Sometimes they are used in arts, crafts and jewellery in their polished form. 

Some fossils are cut before being polished, and others are left whole. Fossil polishing is something you can do at home with some very basic supplies - some good quality wet-and-dry paper in various grits (different coarseness), tin oxide polishing powder, a rotary tool with a felt wheel and some water. And of course a fossil. The best fossils and rocks for polishing are crystalline ones (e.g. calcite). The rock must be hard and non-porous for it to take a polish. Click here to purchase cut fossils that you can polish at home. 

Learn more here and read our step-by-step tutorial on fossil polishing. 

Some examples of polished fossils