It worked--the metal became much darker and even, so I hammered it a tad and sealed it, incorporated it into the necklace. When I was working on the photos for the Etsy listing, I noticed a small, partial facial image with an almost photographic quality--couldn't believe it. I've never seen any such image in the thousands of things I've altered, and now there are two images on the same piece of metal? Here it is, within the square designation:
It looks like an old tin type style portrait of a man--you can see his entire forehead, both eyes, nose, and a hint of a moustache and the image kind of fades.
I've written a bit about pareidolic things; they really intrique me. The most interesting to me are photographic quality instances and others that seem to have deep meanings attached upon investigation. I just googled the term and one of the first images that came up is this one, first published by my husband on his site and then expounded upon by me at my column, which got picked up by Boing Boing and was a minor web meme for a couple days in certain circles:
Update: if you still can't see the child-on-knee, the forgetomori person colorized the photo so the figures stand out; the kid is in white:
More of my pareidolia-centered articles:
Yabba Dabble Doo: How Aleister Crowley Introduced the Iconic grey Alien
Shadow Under this Red Rock: Problems of Pareidolia