In the home stretch!
I patina'ed the parrot tonight, and now it is sitting for 24 hours awaiting final wax, and it's done! I'll put up a picture when I have waxed it. I hope to present it to my friend Lisa as a housewarming present this weekend.
It turned out very nice, despite times along the way when the whole thing just seemed hopeless. Now that I better understand the process, I will document my third project from beginning to end, so that the steps will be represented accurately.