How can I achieve a crackle finish without using a solid color topcoat? I've seen it done on HGTV but I can't remember what they used. The cracks didn't show up until some kind of stain was rubbed onto the surface.
I went to HGTV.com and typed in crackle finish and after searching, there are many, many listings for different types of finishes. I tried to post a link directly to the search result list; however, that didn't work, so am posting the link to HGTV.com. Just type in crackle finish and click on search and you'll be all set!
Here is a link that might be useful: crackle finish
Gloria, you use Delta Ceramcot's Two Step Fine crackle. You have to buy two bottles, step 1 and step 2. When the first one dries, you apply step 2. When it dries, the fine crackles are there, then you use any antiquing medium, or well watered dark brown paint, wipe off and the dark remains in the fine cracks. I have used it on clear glass plates which I decoupaged on the back .