This was a fun little weekend project. I would love to find the time to start doing sophisticated 3D modeling again, if only to achieve the ability to render reflections easily.
This was functional, but not nearly as slick and polished as I was looking for. This graphic was to adorn my home page, to the side of my welcome text, so I really wanted it to pop and look somewhat polished.
The trick with this sort of work is always (at least for me) in the commitment to effective layer management. Smart objects and layer articulation can save massive amounts of time, and if you are careful to archive backup layers as it evolves, they can save heartache too.