In any case, it's time to let it sit until I'm sure. There's still plenty of time before the contest ends for me to change my mind; I don't have to send a picture in until March 16th. So I'm going to walk away from it for a few days.
It's an odd feeling, finishing something that has consumed me utterly; especially something that had as many problems to solve as this one. I learned so many things! From the relatively easy, like antiquing brass wire, to the merely difficult: soldering brass wire, this project was filled with opportunities to learn.
In the process, I came up with some new ideas I want to try.
But not today.