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I too struggle with shapes for stoppers. I have only made a couple so far and have searched the web for insperation. I usually find something I like and then change it a bit so as to not copy anothers work. I usually wind up screwing up and it gets changed dramatically and I like it better than the shape I was going for!!
As for CA on stoppers....it depends how you polish your CA. I have used micro mesh for pen polishing but found that its very difficult to get into and polish the intricate details such as the grooves you cut on that piece. I purchased a bottle of woodturners finish for stoppers and mills but havnt tried it yet. I assume it will also need polished so I'm making a home made Beall system!!
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