You can only practice so many times before you attempt something for real so this afternoon I bit the bullet and put the first roses on my buckby can.
The first step puts on the base coats and it looks like this
then after half an hour seemingly without breathing and with trembling hands I ended up with this
Could be better but these roses are usually best seen from a distance so I guess they’ll do. I now have to go through the agony all over again on the other side of the spout.