I finally finished the monsterbubbles Christmas ornament stitched on copper mesh:
Once the cross stitch was done I punched holes of different sizes in the surrounding copper, and whip-stitched the edges. By then I was done done done working with the mesh, so to finish it I simply trimmed the edges and folded them over twice. Good enough!
In the meantime, monsterbubbles appears to have closed down, or gone on hiatus, which is too bad. Heather Holland Daly had some beautiful designs, including a partridge I'm working on now (on linen).