Spotted Elk turned out to be a really nice piece. With the walnut base he stands just over "14 inches so he will certainly command his own space when displayed. A friend sent me a photo of the war-shirt beading design which I'm always on the lookout for. The only real difficulty in doing it was the thin stripe on each edge. To do that I waited until the painting was sealed and then taped it off. Worked out great. The lance was made from a piece of carved dowel with a pounded metal point tired in place with a wrap. I also wrapped heavy cord around the fur areas on the shaft and then covered that with texturing material. I really like the result as it looks just like course fur when painted. The shield design is from a photo I took of one at the Prairie Edge store in Rapid City (http://prairieedge.com/) last summer. The earrings are made from pounded aluminum flashing with a copper wire loop to hold them to the ear.
So, now it's on to the next project, and like I said, it's a BIG one. As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated. More photos in the Gallery.