Second photo of original. Yes yes, the peg is still in there. I'll PS it later. I forgot to mention liver of sulphur was used to achieve the darker brown areas.
Edit: I would like to make note here that despite the suggester's AWESOME praise, there is actually no casting involved in this piece. It's completely forged, except the granulations, which were melted on a charcoal block and the tips of the wire (long mushrooms) which were melted by the torch.
Edit edit: I will take this time now to hoar myself out and say that yes, I DO do commissions (srs inquires only please) but at the moment am on summer vacation from school and have limited equipment. Thanks!
Photo by Tom Ferrero ([link]