Here is my alligator friend! Talk about an ugly jin! I had to remove the "eye" and cut the chunk back - but it was important to make it look as natural as possible.
Examining the branch, there was a vein of live wood along the top with a dead hollow beneath. I knew if I broke the branch at the hollow, the upper part would project farther (because the live wood was stronger) and I could reduce the hollow further to make it look like a hollow branch.
I think it turned out nicely.
The ends of the left jin needed to be finished. So I crushed them with a set of heavy pliers.
A little peeling and carving and I ended with more natural ends. I may reduce this jin further depending upon the future design of the tree. But for now I left a longer jin for fun