Cardinal Christmas Tree

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Using the Clean-up Tool to remove the seams on the ware. Sand further the seams with the Green Grit Cloth. Remove any dust from the ware using a moistened Synthetic Sponge.
  2. In a 4 oz. jar, mix 3 parts of 1 ½ TBSP of UG-19 Ultra Blue with 2 parts of 1 TBSP of C-300 Matte Transparent Brushing glaze. This mixture will make a semi-vitreous surface after firing. Shake and stir the color well.
  3. Apply 3 even and smooth coats of the Fundamental Underglaze mixture to the top portion of the tree using CB-604 Soft Fan. Apply 3 coats to the foot of the tree as well. The color can slightly extend over the edge of the tree top onto the base/underside. Let dry.
  4. Transfer the pattern onto the tree top using AC-230 Clay Carbon and a pencil. You can cut the pattern along the noted dotted lines and securing the pattern using Blue Masking tape. Make the pattern continuous while conforming to the shape of the tree.
  5. Apply 3-4 coats of SC-73 to the cardinal excluding the beak and face mask using CB-404 Pointed Round and CB-220 Detail Liner. Detail the face with 2 thinned coats of SC-15 Tuxedo using CB-220 Detail Liner. Paint in the beak with 2 coats of SC-97 Cant-elope. Detail the beak separation line with SC-15 Tuxedo using CB-110 Liner. Paint in the areas marked as shading on the pattern with 1-2 coats of SC-81 Cinnamon Stix using CB-110 Liner.
  6. Fill (about 1/3) the AC-219 Designer Bottle with SC-60 Silver Lining and attach the metal tip. Paint/Fill in the stems and branches of the pattern. Apply an extra coat to the thicker branch areas of the pattern. Let dry.
  7. Apply 1 thin coat of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing to the brranch areas in the pattern where you want the snow. Using CB-110 Liner to apply 1-2 coats of SG-302 Snowfall to the clear glazed areas previously painted for the snow accumulations.
  8. Using a Synthetic Sponge to apply 3 coats of SG-302 Snowfall to the lower portion of the tree trunk/stem. Do not apply glaze to the foot of the tree.
  9. Apply 1-2 coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing to the cardinal using CB-404 Pointed Round.
  10. Using a Spatter Brush or old stiff Toothbrush loaded with SC-16 Cotton Tail to spatter the tree with falling snow effect.
  11. Stilt and Fire the piece to Shelf Cone 04



  • CD1095 Funky Tree


  • UG-19 Ultra Blue
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-60 Silver Lining
  • SC-73 Candy Apple Red
  • SC-81 Cinnamon Stix
  • SC-97 Cant-elope
  • C-300 Matte Transparent Brushing
  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing
  • SG-302 Snowfall

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper
  • AC-219 Designer Bottle w/ metal tip

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Clean-up Tool
  • Green Grit Cloth
  • Sponge
  • Pallet or Tile
  • Pencil
  • 4 oz jar with lid
  • Measuring Spoons (1 ½ TBSP, 1 TBSP)
  • Blue Masking Tape
  • Scissors
  • Spattering Brush or old stiff toothbrush
  • Pattern