this also allows for a better transition from convex curves to concave flutes on the back of the hand.
I also finished treating the fingers on the left hand. here are the segments before I took steel wool to the finish:
they look so silky! don't worry, they shined up nice like the right hand : ) I'll be riveting the segments onto leather strips today with copper tube rivets. so far, all is well! I think these gauntlets are going to turn out rather nicely.