Golly, did I have her size waaay out. I cannot believe how small Treasure is now!
I have found making an armature without the T-join very difficult, might be a case of letting google be my friend for any future endeavours this small, and definitely a smaller gauge of wire.
I just cannot get those front legs from wobbling, which in turn, cracks the clay.
Here she is about an hour in, un-smoothed. She is just resting on the brass pipe, for size comparison it is the same pipe that was in the 'before' photo.