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How to Remove Hot Glue (and Other Adhesives) from a Mineral, Crystal, or Fossil

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Introduction Whether you are trying to remove a specimen from an old base in order to remount it, remove an unsightly blob of adhesive stuck to a specimen you just acquired, or simply want to know how you would go about undoing your own hot glue job before you start, we'll show you the techniques you need to do it safely. Just follow these 3  steps: identify, separate from base (if applicable), and remove from specimen. Step 1: Identify your adhesive. There are a variety of adhesives used, for better or worse, to attach minerals to bases in the position a collector thought it...

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