| In 2008 hurricane Ike passed well to the east of Port Aransas causing massive destruction to the northern shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm surge being pushed into the northwest gulf flowed back down the Texas coast causing 7 foot tides in the Port Aransas area (our home). The large waves and high water caused extensive erosion to the dunes along the coast. When this massive amount of water finally flowed back out of Corpus Christi Bay it caused a large amount of erosion to the backside of the island and all the channels leading back to the Gulf.
The good side to all this erosion was for beach combers. We started finding fossils all along the beach and channels. After much searching we found a few small locations where huge deposits of fossilized sand dollars had been washed out. Knowing it would not be long till they were recovered by the wind and water, Susan and i madly collected them. We still occasionally find some fossils, but not until another great tide washes through will we be able to find them again in such numbers. Currently most finds are underwater. Everything you see here (and at Sandfest) was found within 5 miles of downtown Port Aransas.
"Fred's Fossils" is closing out all product since my usual business of marketing with sand sculpture and computer education classes is taking all my time. I have hundreds of finished product, and buckets of un cleaned fossils. Make an offer!
Below is a small sample of what we sell. The Pieces with Silver hangers (the 'finding') can be used for any purpose, the intent was for necklaces, though some earrings were made into earrings and key chains. We also have many pieces cleaned and polished without the Silver findings.
Most Sand Dollars (we call them Sand Angels due to the commonly found 'ghost-like' shape similar to an angel with one or both arms raised) are found still in the sandstone or shale 'matrix rock' and have to be broken, ground and sanded out before polishing. A very few are found 'clean', and these often still have the grooves and patterns of typical sand dollars found on the beach.
There are 4 levels of pricing based on rarity of the find. Size (of the sand dollar) does not matter, it is color, pattern, polish and shape that makes the difference (there is no finish applied, the shine is created by hand sanding and polishing). It takes on average a little over an hour to prepare each fossil, though i tend to take more care with the rare finds.
Click on the image to the right of the price and description to get a large image showing examples. The images are large enough that you should be able to zoom in for a better look, though we have found that sand angels do NOT photograph well.
For more information email Fred Mallett at: email@example.com
Here is what typical find looks like before the hard work begins.
|Common finds. They are beautiful, but common in color or polish. Most are not shaped fully round and have sections missing. Someone will fall in love with each of them for their faults.
$5 Click on the picture for a sample image
|Nice finds. These are definitely a cut above the common finds. More pleasing shapes, nicer color and finish.
$10 Click on the picture for a sample image
|Special finds. Nice shapes, good polish, nice colors.
$15 Click on the picture for a sample image
|Rare finds. These all have extra special coloration, nearly round or unusual natural shape (see the Texas state shape!) .
$20 Click on the picture for a sample image
|Sample Display pieces, prices vary from $5 to $50
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