Labeling specimens

Michael_Isaacson's picture

Hello everyone,

I'm looking for suggestions on labeling indivdual specimens.  Currently, each rock in my collection wears a small square of black, cloth, 3M friction tape.  It conforms well and sticks forever but is still easy to remove if needed with a firm tug.  On that tape is a number written in permanent paint pen referring to a master list.  It's worked well for a couple of years but I'm finding that, over time, rock dust begins to obscure the painted numbers, which while permanent, do get absorbed into the tape so they seem to be fading away.

What are you using to identify your minerals?  Hand painted, numbered squares? Numbers just painted on? A different type of non-absorbent tape? Anybody have a suggestion?

Thanks,

Mike @ Higher Orbit Products

 

 

 

 

Re: Labeling specimens

 Michael,

I have been labeling my specimens using a small printed paper label that I glue to an inconspicuous place on the rock, and paint over with clear nail polish. I use white glue to attach the label.  The glue holds on well to non shiny minerals. The label has my catalog number on it, and is keyed to an excel spread sheet that holds all of the details.  I am considering adding an abreviated locality to the label.  I have any number of specimens in my collection that previous owners have put catalog numbers on, and the number means nothing without the catalog.  If the locality is on the label you know where it came from.  What it is can be worked out from the specimen itself.  The couple of old specimens I have that are labeled this way have the label handwritten on a small patch of plaster(?) that has been painted white.  The printing is tiny but legible.  So far I have not figured out how to print readable labels small enough to be unobtrusive.

Jan

clferries's picture

Re: Labeling specimens

I have a brother label maker and I buy the Coated Paper with UV protection. You can get it with different colors and widths.

One example is Brother TZe 231 Laminated adhesive tape.

P-touch TZ label tested to the extreme

Extensive testing has been performed to ensure that P-touch TZ label is incredibly durable under all kinds of conditions. It holds up extraordinarily well - and stays crisp, legible and affixed - even when subjected to abrasion, extreme temperature, industrial chemicals and sunlight.
I have used it for labeling plants and the labels have held up for years outside in all weather condtions.
 
 
clferries's picture

Re: Labeling specimens

I have a brother label maker and I buy the Coated Paper with UV protection. You can get it with different colors and widths.

One example is Brother TZe 231 Laminated adhesive tape.

P-touch TZ label tested to the extreme

Extensive testing has been performed to ensure that P-touch TZ label is incredibly durable under all kinds of conditions. It holds up extraordinarily well - and stays crisp, legible and affixed - even when subjected to abrasion, extreme temperature, industrial chemicals and sunlight.
I have used it for labeling plants and the labels have held up for years outside in all weather condtions.
 
 

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