Just a quick reminder... I have no idea how to work in metal. I'm sort of thinking of it is very stiff fabric. That can't be sewn.
Here is how I got from 5 tapered metal strips to this:
Once it was taped together I could sort of squish it into the final shape and start figuring out how to make the brass bands that will join the segments, and how to finish each end.
This was so amazing quick to type and yet it took me a really long time to do.
I also cut the inch wide brass bands and creased them vertically.
I can't do much more until I get more rivets. (ordered and on the way!)