I've shown them some of the steam punk work and they like it and have been very helpful. The owner is in his eighties. There are boxes there with serious history and a back room that interesting things emerge from occasionally.
Today I worked on the new black pieces. After I antiqued them, I hand polished them with rouge so that some glimmers of silver show and the black is polished.
Hopefully I'll have time tomorrow to take a few photos to put up here. I have an ammonite fossil that I really want to show off.