And there the piece sat, on my floor, in the pitch bowl, afterwards until this weekend. With the holidays about to happen I figured these days would be an excellent time to finish the piece.
Yesterday I started the planishing of the tentacle and the and the final shaping of the sucker. Along the way I decided that it needed another small addition so I added a sand dollar which I am currently pushing out from the back which we all know as repousse.
But along the way, while forming some of the suckers, one of the "fixed" ones popped off. After closer inspection, there was almost no solder on the joint so when I started to use the tools on it, the joint broke off. I then took my tools and tried to close the hole as much as possible so when I flipped the piece, to form the sand dollar, I could solder it closed and have it look like a scar from the front.
Here are some pictures from yesterday and today.
I have formed the sand dollar so it is off to remove from the pitch... and then to flip the metal and to then finish the detail work on the front. On Christmas day I am planing on adding the wire frame, on the back, to then cut off the excess silver. Over the following weekend the shop elf will assist me as I form the cuff.
Then of course there is the question of patina???