The raw rods look almost black - just a thin layer of amber over a black core.
This was a little bit of a disappointment coming out of the kiln - when hot, the colour variation is much more obvious - in normal lighting - it could pass for black with slight streaks.
Drop off shocky - the spoon is made on a rod of clear, because the gather just kept dropping off the rod.
The second photo has a lot of light so that you can see some variations in the colour. Note a smidge of red and green.
I did reduce this, I'm not sure that it made a huge difference. I think this one needs more experimentation - it may do some interesting reactive things with other glasses.
I'd recommend this for people who enjoy experimenting - no so much if that is not your thing.