I put the first coats of finish on the sconce tonight. One coat of medium brown dye, and one coat of BLO, rubbed in with 0000 steel wool. It’s a little darker than I’d like, but pretty close to the original finish. I think it will also lighten up a bit as the oil dries.
I like the copper inlay bars, it gives it a little “pop” in person. I think the finish is a skosh too dark, but I’ll reserve judgement until it’s done. The stiles should be 1/4″ longer on the bottom, and I think I’d add the cloud lift detail on the lower side rails. The Ebony bars are a little too thick, and a little too short. It doesn’t look bad, it’s just not as “identical” as I’d like.
I plan to put two or three coats of Tried & True oil/wax on this and then call it “done”. Any little blotchy spots that remain will get blended in with some steel wool. Next weekend I should be able to get the glass panels made, and wrap this up.