...and after baking for a day, it didn't work. Turns out the loop shifted a bit when flashing as it annealed. Here's the trouble (the small dot on the wire to the upper left of the center hole is the point. It should be precisely in the center).
After some questionable spot welding surgery, I was able to move the now annealed wire over a bit and get it centered in the aperture. It's back in the scope and baking again. See you tomorrow for the next exciting chapter!