Brief update on what I'm doing:
Thermal cycling the wootz ingot, 950C, 600C, 900C, 600C, 850C, 600C...
Patterning the silver-shibuichi-shakudo billet with a small drill
Test patination of above billet, once again the shibuichi and shakudo colors are exquisite
Twisting silver-copper bar to form a ring
Better photos when the last two are finished will be posted on my Etsy shop.