Critique Request Silver charm/ gold inlay

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Spent more time on balancing the design more than I’d like to admit, but made a bamboo charm at my old lady’s request for our anniversary. She likes the simple designs and I had such a hard time resisting more or trying not to complicate it, lol. On next to my first attempt at gold inlay and overlay with a charm about the same size and going to have a much more detailed flower, so I’m excited. Hope everyone’s having a good one.
 

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conceptually i love the idea and visually i really like the contrast and most of the cuts seem to be fairly even as far as depth. i would say for a small charm without going super crazy i think it looks good. on a criticism note if you were going for a more realistic idea of bamboo keep in mind that at the junctions between segments the bamboo tends to be larger and have a sort of hump in them. That's just being nit-picky though i have attached a photo of similar looking bamboo for reference. however, as i said before i do admire the work and the vision :thumbsup:
 

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I agree with both of you, I was struggling not making the nodes pointy so I opted for the shadow looks, which could be improved on and the leaves would have looked better larger. If there is a next time I’m gonna buy a small bamboo plant for reference. Thanks for looking. Now I can move onto a project with alot more layers and scrolls.
 

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I agree with both of you, I was struggling not making the nodes pointy so I opted for the shadow looks, which could be improved on and the leaves would have looked better larger. If there is a next time I’m gonna buy a small bamboo plant for reference. Thanks for looking. Now I can move onto a project with alot more layers and scrolls.
save yer money. there's tons of bamboo images to be found in google "images". color, b&w, as well as line drawings. i don't mean to copy, but just for reference.
 

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If you are on the fence about trying gold inlay, take the plunge. Glad I got the nerves out of the way and got my first attempt. This was sanded down too much so lesson learned but I’ll add it to an upcoming project.
 

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ABEDE290-AEE8-4F2E-B2BA-727CEA2DF28B.jpeg Trial and error with gold inlay (2nd attempt in sterling) gonna go back through the forum and find some tips. Thanks for all the support, the more you delve into engraving the more you realize the skills required to get to the top. =). Onward and upward
 

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