I just had to give my original Gotta Love Dots dish another try!
I had ended my original post (https://idlecreativity.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/gotta-love-dots/) saying, “Perhaps not worrying about them facing up and instead just cramming them in the space even if they are overlapping!” Recently I was at the Bullseye Resource Center taking a class and asked my wonderful instructor, Bonnie Celeste, if I hadn’t used enough frit balls/dots and if I had to be more careful about how I placed them to ensure no gaps. She agreed yes, way too analytical – more frit balls and just lump them in overlapping to create a good solid base.
Time to try again. This time I used yellow and blue balls also getting green where they overlapped. I filled two 12″ kiln shelves to get enough balls for my 5-1/2″ circle and I probably could have used more. Cutting a 5-1/2″ circle into 1/8″ fiber cloth and using the outside (not the circle) I filled the cut-out with balls. I tried to pat them down some to ensure I had somewhat consistent levels all over the circle. Much better! No dots left on the shelf and everything seemed sturdier.
Not a perfect bowl but definitely an interesting little bowl. Lessons learned – lots of frit balls and be free with them!!!