- 20g copper wire – 20”
- Green acrylic paint
- Lumiere Metallic Rust
- Folk Art Lime Green
- Pearl Ex powder Aztec Gold
- Firm fitting latex gloves
- Acrylic roller
- Small shallow dish for shaping/forming the base
- 2 Teflon craft sheets
- Talcum powder
- Craft knife
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Dust mask
- Block of polystyrene packing foam – this will support the cactus while it is curing
Before beginning, put on your gloves – EasySculpt will be sticky while you are working with it. Dust the Teflon sheets with Talcum Powder.
- Bend the wire 8” from one end and twist together for the first 2”.
- Create a 2 ¼” arm to one side of the center, twisting the wire back onto itself. Create a curve close to the main stem.
- Create another arm on the other side of the center to match. Twist the rest of the wire down the main stem.
- Scoop out a marble-sized piece of each of Parts A and B. Mix together according to the package instructions. Form it into a log.
- Place one of the arms on top and form the EasySculpt around the wire.
- Mix more EasySculpt and wrap it around the other two arms. Remove any excess clay and form it around the main stem. You’ll notice that EasySculpt will become firmer while you are working with it. If it is too soft and sticky, to begin with, set it aside for 10-15 minutes and try again.
- You will be able to continue refining the shape of the arms for approximately 2 hours or more after you mixed the clay. Once you are happy with the shape, support the cactus upright by inserting the wire into a thick piece of polystyrene.
- Scoop out a ¾” ball of each of Parts A and B and mix together. Set the timer for 20-25 minutes before proceeding.
- Flatten the ball and place it between the two Teflon sheets. Roll it slightly larger than the size of the small bowl.
- Cut around the dish with the craft knife. Place the circle gently inside the dish (do not push it against the sides of the dish or it may stick permanently). Allow the clay to cure overnight.
- Use the craft knife to carefully release the clay away from the dish. Put on the dust mask and trim any jagged edges with the knife and finish with the sandpaper to smooth the edge.
- Paint the cactus with several light coats of lime green paint, allowing each coat to dry before reapplication.
- Paint the bowl with two or three even coats of Metallic Rust paint.
- Mix up a marble-sized piece of EasySculpt and form it into a ball. Trim the wire close to the bottom of the cactus. Center the EasySculpt on the dish and press the base of the cactus into the clay.
- Mix some more EasySculpt and divide it into two balls. Color one ball with Pearl Ex powder and the other with Metallic Rust paint. Break off small pieces and form them into oddly shaped pebbles. Attach them to the base of the cactus.