two silversmiths in m family one of them a full jeweler as well. anything not from the factorys is good here in u.s. the only thing is a lack of some finishing like you were in a hurry but maybe you were trying for some kind of antique look. maybe you don't have the really small files for finishing. i haven't worked around brass or seen it worked. its obvious you are enjoying the work, i think. i like the style of the leaf design. that kind of thing can be so unique even when copied. i like nature forms like this alot .noticed you like dragonflys too. another good natural subject. .j.