A commission piece which is to be attached to the petrol tank of a custom-built Harley Davidson. The customer wanted an aggressive-looking scorpion, which was about to attack - I first built the model out of wax, which was then cast into bronze by a casting company. I then finished the cast and patinated it a bit to get some dashing highlight.
Sounds easy enough. Wasn't. The customer was very precise in the end of what he wanted and didn't want, even though originally I just had the topic (scorpion) and dimensions (about 12 centimeters in length). It took me something like six revisions of the original wax model to get it just right. Scorpions, by the way, don't have claws like that. Those are lobster-like claws. Also, the more venomous and dangerous a scorpion is, the thicker its tail is and the smaller the claws. I did a lot of research originally, but the customer had a fantasy creature in mind.
That's all right, customer is always right. Unless they complain about the bill.