Re: Test casting
It looks fantastic. Must feel great to have it completed at last. The braids are particularily striking and realistic. Its hard to believe they are solid metal.
As you have gone for the traditional verdigris I think I would be tempted to darken the recesses almost to black. To me it gives a less flat appearence.
I think the eye area would especially benefit from blackening as I learnt the Egyptians tended to apply alot of black makeup in this area to protect from sun glare.