I saw this cool idea on Pinterest for baking marbles to make very cool looking jewellery. I loved the cracked look and thought that these marbles would be a cool addition to the “silverware” pieces that I have been messing around with. I picked-up a few marbles for 10 cents a piece at a local antique store, but they were the type with the little splash of colour in the center. I also had a few that were opaque. I followed the instructions from the above post, but found that I needed to bake them a bit longer to get the cracked effect. In the end I wasn’t pleased with the result. The cracks weren’t even visible in the opaque marbles and the clear marbles with the fleck inside, didn’t look great either. (The original post did warn against this, but for 10 cents, I thought I would judge for myself.) I was determined to make this work, so I went to Michael’s and bought a bag of glass beads on sale for under $2.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Place TRANSLUCENT (clear or tinted) marbles on a foil lined pan. You can either use traditional sphere shaped marbles or the flat-bottomed glass beads/marbles, both work.
- Bake the marbles for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Using a metal bowl, prepare an ice bath (ice cubes with enough water to cover the marbles). Remove the marbles from the oven and immediately place them in the ice bath. The glass beads/marbles will immediately crack when they contact the ice water.
- Let cool and use in a project of your choice.
By following the simple instructions above, I ended up with these beautiful little gems! These could be incorporated into all kinds of projects: wrapped in wire and used in a plant pot, for jewellery or glued on a project to add some interest. I absolutely love this look and you can’t beat the price at just pennies a stone.
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