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How to Make Dry Mount Microscope Slides?


Dry mounts are the easiest microscope slides to make. You will need a glass slide and a cover slip. Dry mounts work best for samples like pollen, hair, feathers, or even dust particles caught in a microfilm filter.

The basic steps to prepare your own dry mount slide are very simple. Place the sample on the slide and cover. That's it! The cover will work to protect both your sample and objective lenses.


Although making microscope slides in the dry mount is easy, there are some disadvantages. These mounts are temporary unless you seal the cover slip in some way. It is also harder to see the more intricate structures of some species. For that, you will have to learn how to make a prepared mount.

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