While I spot-lacquer on repairs frequently, shooting lacquer on an entire instrument is a much newer skill to me. This purple horn was fun and uncharted territory for me, but the experiment was a success! I learned a lot in the process, and I can promise more colorful instruments and bells to come as I hone my skills.
Sketched out a rough initial color scheme on this anatomically-incorrect coloring-book page. The customer and I traded ideas back and forth to eventually come to a decision about what parts would be clear lacquer and what would be purple.