In early January, I mentioned that I wanted to create a two-tone crackle bowl and was playing with grey and black glass powder and showed some samples I had tried. They were interesting, but none of them rocked my socks. So I took a leap of faith with the bowl (meaning no more samples) and used french vanilla and black.
On the fiber cloth, I first covered the circle outline with a layer of french vanilla powder, then a layer of black powder and then a final layer of french vanilla again. I wanted the black to just peek out around the edges of the french vanilla.
I also wondered what it would look like to add another color but not have it crackle. So after I sprayed water on the powder, let it dry awhile and then did the crackling (please read my previous posts if you want a better step by step description), I added red powder on top. I should have done this after I moved the fiber to the kiln, as moving it cracked the red and I needed to add a little more on top. I then covered with a 3mm clear top and fired.
After the first fire, I then put another sheet of 3mm clear on a kiln shelf added another streak of red (as I wanted the bottom of the bowl to have a similar streak as the top) and then put the crackle layer on top and fired again. Last, I slumped it into a shallow bowl mold.
I love the black just peaking around the french vanilla in the crackle. However, a friend commented that they thought the red was needed as it might be a little boring with just the vanilla and black. What do you think? Too plain without and it needed the red? Very curious for your thoughts!