Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove dust.
You will screen the cardinal design with clear glaze and food coloring for placement only; the food coloring will burn off during firing.
Place S-2101 Clear, tint with food coloring, on a palette or tile and sprinkle with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium. Using a palette knife mix color and medium to the consistency of thick peanut butter. if the mix is too thin add more AC-310 Silkscreen Medium or if it is too thick add more Stroke & Coat.
Too thin of a mixture will bleed under the screen and give you a blurred image. Too thick of a mixture will make it hard for the product to penetrate through the holes in the screen and give blank areas on your screen.
Position the cardinal design from DSS-0108 Birds shiny side down on the piece and hold in place. Starting from the center and working out, rub the mixture on the screen with your finger. Lift a corner up to check if you are applying enough color. Remove the screen and wash with water. Do not let the color dry in the screen.
Use the Script Liner to apply two coats of SC-97 Cant-elope to the beak. Apply two coats of SC-74 Hot Tamale to body of bird and tail feathers. Mix SC-60 Silver Lining with the SC-74 Hot Tamale for a grayed red color and apply two coats to the wing.
Thin SC-93 Honeydew List with water and use the CB-604 Soft Fan to “float” the color onto the plate. Brush up to the cardinal and around the branch. Apply two thin coats. Let dry.
Use the sponge-on-a-stick to apply SC-39 Army Surplus to the ST-341 Leaves stamp press onto the background of the plate.
Mix SC-15 Tuxedo with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium as in steps 2-3. Place the cardinal screen directly on top of the previously screened image. Rub the mixture over the screen.
Use the Liner to darken the black around the beak and fill in the feet with one coat of SC-15 Tuxedo.
Thicken SC-36 Irish Luck or SG-405 Green with the AC-310 Silkscreen Medium. Screen the pine bough design to the plate in several places.
Use the Soft Fan to apply three coats of FN-004 Red to the back of the plate.
Use the palette knife to apply SG-302 Snowfall to the edges of the plate.