Monday, March 26, 2012

Cracked Marble Jewelry

We visited the Marble Factory over spring break and watched the artists make some homemade marbles.  That was incredibly educational but WAY out of my creative league.  Perhaps someday when the kids aren't around and open flames aren't tempting fate.

I did purchase some neat marbles and a few odd shapes.  I turned them into cracked marble jewelry.





Cracking your marbles is quite easy but here's my disclaimer.  The marbles get hot.  Really, really hot.  Don't touch them.  Don't burn yourself.  Don't let kids touch them.  Don't let kids play around them.  If you get hurt or burned or something else bad happens, don't blame me.  I warned you.  Be smart!

And on with it!  Take your selection of marbles, with a few extras, and put them on a cookie sheet.


Put them in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Yes, 450 degrees.  Yes, 20 minutes.  They will be HOT!

Take them out but DON'T TOUCH THEM.  Immediately dump them all into a bowl full of ice water.  You will hear sizzling and crackling.  Resist all temptation to pull one out and look.  It's still hot!!!  Leave in the bowl for at least ten minutes.

After the time is up, carefully drain the water and test a marble.  It should be cooled but MAKE SURE.  They should be cracked on the inside!  The outside will still be smooth but the inside is webbed with little and big cracks!


Make sure to inspect all your marbles.  I had a nice variety of round and flat marbles.  Some of the flat marbles had cracks on the inside that went all the way from top to bottom (or side to side!)  You want to take those out of the mix because they are weaker than you want them to be.  You only want marbles that the cracks don't go all the way down.

Gather a few supplies to make your jewelry.


I grabbed my pliers (round nose, nippers and regular pliers), some headpins, a few bead caps and my E6000 glue.  I use E6000 glue and it's great stuff. . . . I've only had it fail once (sorry Claire!).

You will want to make some tops for your marbles.  First put a headpin through a bead cap with the pin extending through the top.  Bend it at a 90 degree angle.


Take your round nose pliers and add a little loop right at the 90 degree bend.

 Another view. . . .
 Grab your loop with your round nose pliers and use the regular pair of pliers to grab the long end of the wire.  Wrap it around the base of the loop several times.  Your end will get mangled but that's okay.

 Straighten your loop with the pliers. . . .

 And clip the end.  Now you have a top for your marble!


Use the E6000 glue and put a small dollop inside the cap.  Place the cap on the marble and hold for a few minutes.  It should be set enough that you can put it down after that.

E6000 glue takes about 48 hours to cure.  You can either wait for it to be cured or do what I do. . . I put the jewelry together and then wait for it to be cured before wearing it.

To put the jewelry together, either add a snap bail to the piece to make it a pendant. . .


. . . . or add ear wires to turn it into earrings.  They are a little heavy but not too bad.



You can also add a regular glue on bail to larger pieces to make pendants.  Use the E6000 glue and glue the pad to the wrong (flat) side of the marble.


This is probably the easiest way to make your jewelry!  Add a chain and you are done!


If I do it again:

1.  I would do a few more of the large, flat marbles.  I love this huge pendant!

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22 comments:

  1. VERY nice pictures!
    Great cracked glass, too, btw.

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    1. Thanks so much! I don't often get compliments on my photography. . . . it's definitely not a gift of mine. That must have been a great day!

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  2. Beautiful! I can't wait to try this!

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    1. Thanks! There's so many possibilities of things to make! I'd love to see your pictures when you are done.

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    2. @jen can you use semi-clear marbles? like the ones with the lines going through them?

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    3. If you are talking about the marbles that kids play with that have the wavy lines of different colors going through it... I didn't have luck with those. They cracked right along the line of extra glass. You could try it, though. Perhaps not bake them as long so the cracking isn't as extreme?? Let me know how it turns out!

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    4. I tried it with those marbles and I didn't have a problem with them at all

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  3. Thank you. They are beautiful and I my self can't wait to do this!

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  4. where did you buy the large flat marbles? please email to brittjordan88@yahoo.com

    Awesome job :) Making one for all the ladies in my family for Christmas :)

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  5. Hi I would love to know where you got the earring hardware from because I am having trouble finding some. If you wouldn't mind emailing me at coleen_pate13@yahoo.com I would greatly appreciate it :)

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    1. Do you have a Hobby Lobby in your area? They have all sorts of findings.

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  6. Hi -- I can't believe I stumbled across your post! I have been looking EVERYWHERE for months for rose or pink colored round (not flat) marbles like the ones you used for your earrings in the photo above. Could you pleeeeeeease tell me where you got those from? Please post it here or feel free to e-mail me directly -- whichever is easier for you. My email address is: FIDOLO1@juls-jewels.com

    Thank you!

    ~Julie

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  7. Where did u get the things u made the earrings with

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  8. Excellently amazing and exciting too. Can you please mention me the source of your reference... I am happy that at least somebody gave this subject an attention.

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  9. I believe in giving credit where it is due but I'm afraid it isn't due to you. This is something I did in Girl Scouts the one year I joined LONG time ago. If you truly gave this information to someone you need to keep looking for them. I have never heard of you or your company.

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  10. Hi. I bought the bead caps but the head pins head part is too small and will come out of the top. Is there a specific size for the head pins you used? Thank so much!

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    1. I use 20 or 22 gauge head pins. If your head pin is coming out, put a small bead on it before putting it through your bead cap. It will be hidden when you glue the bead cap on to the top of your marble and it should make it big enough that it won't come through!

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  11. These are beautiful....going to try this. I've seen some bags of pretty colored, flat marbles in several stores like Michaels, JoAnns, and other large department stores. Sometimes they are located near the silk flowers and flower vases - they look beautiful inside a clear flower vase. Now I want to buy some more and make a few 'cracked' pendants. Thank you for posting this great tut.

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  12. i tried baking some marbles, but they stayed completely round, i was going for the flattened look. Any ideas how to make this happen??

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  13. You have to start with flattened marbles, dollar store,, Michaels Walmart WTC, sometimes floral depth.
    The round marbles will not flatten this way.

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