1. Begin with properly fired cone 04 bisque. Moisten a sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
2. Apply MC-002 12mm Low Track Masking Tape over the holes in the branches of the cactus. Leave the large center hole open.
3. Pour around ½ cup of NT-CLR Clear Dipping into the top of the cactus and rotate until the inside is covered. Pour out the excess. Remove the tape. Wipe off any glaze on the outside of the cactus.
4. Fire to cone 06.
5. Using the Soft Fan with SS-138 Flat Black, apply 1 coat to the outside of the cactus. Allow paint to dry.
6. Remove the cap from MM-202 Green Patina. Replace it with MM-600 Spritzer Cap.
7. Using the Soft Fan with MM-105 Gold Metallic, apply 1 coat to the outside of the cactus. Allow paint to dry. Apply a second coat. Do not let it dry.
8. Spritz the entire cactus with MM-202 Green Patina. Let it sit overnight.
9. If you are happy with the way it looks, move onto step #10. If you don’t have enough patina (bluish green areas), apply MM-105 Gold Metallic to the bare areas with a sponge and spritz again. If you have too much patina, add more MM-105 Gold Metallic with a sponge.
10. Using the Soft Fan with AC-502 Matte Brush on Sealer, apply 2 coats over the entire cactus. This will stop all oxidation, so you will be able to add an acrylic design to the cactus.
11. Draw 3 simple flowers on the cactus using the pencil.
12. Using the Script Liner with SS-32 Razzberri, apply 1 coat to the flowers. Allow paint to dry. Apply a second coat and shade the middle of the petals with SS-92 Royal Fuchsia.
13. Using the Script Liner with SS-247 Bright Yellow, add a dot to the middle of each flower.
14. Using the Detail Liner with SS-138 Flat Black, outline the flowers.
15. Using the Script Liner with AC-501 Gloss Brush-On Sealer, apply 1 coat to the flowers.