Yep, finally got something made all the way through. Let's recap the steps:
1/ cut metal out or use blanks ( a mix here)
2/ draw designs in sharpie on metal
3/ tape backs to protect from etching
4/ etch in acid for 30-50 minutes
5/ neutralize the acid with a dip in vinegar, salt and water mixture, and then baking soda
6/ clean and wash
7/ assemble in a pleasing configuration. In this case I punch holes in the pieces and used copper 18GA jump rings
8/ use liver of sulfur to darken recessed areas of the design
9/ clean again
10/use Renaissance Wax to help protect and shine the metal
11/ take a deep breath, and I'm done!
I really love how the clasp looks!
I'm working on more etching.