I was pretty happy with how it came out, but I couldn't get over the dog thing. Plus the extruded clay was wonky, I kept getting finger nail marks on it, so I decided to use a little tool and dimple it. And there were some minor gaps again between the framing strips and the translucent. But I did like the combination of jungle and celery again!
So I took it apart. I was a little disheartened at how easily it came apart. I had cured the flat pieces first and then put them together with the framing strips to cure again. I did have trouble getting the the strips to stick to the cured flat pieces. A new engineering problem.
So when I reworked the design, I put it together using liquid translucent to bind the pieces. Worked like a charm.
Lesson learned: Uncured clay adheres fine to uncured clay. Uncured clay to cured clay? not so much.