1) My expectations did line up to a very high extent. This was a really fun project and really cool experience. So much so that I have used this for other projects aswell.
2) A struggle I had with this peice is doing the feet. The fabric would not stay wrapped around the wire. I figured out I could use glue to hold the fabric to the wire.
3) A successful peice was adding the accessories to the rat to make it steam punk. I think it gave it that extra wow factor that no one would of thought of.