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How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces these are inexpensive yet extremely elegant necklaces are made by baking and internally cracking ordinary marbles. Make up a few as gifts or for your next hot seller at a craft fair. Either way you will receive rave reviews and plenty of wonderful compliments.

Shattered Marble

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:

Pie Pan
1 Bag Of Marbles (Purchase Here)
Bowl Of Ice Water
Oven
Jewelry Bell Caps (Purchase Here)
E6000 Glue (Purchase Here)
Jewelry Jump Rings (Purchase Here)
Necklace (Purchase Here)
2 Pairs Of Needle Nose Pliers (Purchase Here)

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

1.) When you purchase your marbles, purchase can any regular, one color, or cat eye marbles. If you use a two tone color marble the marbles will not get a crackling appearance, instead they will just crack in half. You may also use flat back marbles

2.) In a medium size, metal bowl place 3 cups water and five ice cubes. For each batch of marbles that you fry be sure to replace the ice cubes. The marbles need to go from a fire, hot oven right into freezing, cold water in order to create the crackling affect.

3.) Place marbles in a metal pie pan and place them in a 500 degree oven for 20 minutes to heat them thoroughly. There might be a few that will crack in half while you are heating them up. This is O.K. and perfectly normal.

4.) Remove the marbles from the oven after 20 minutes. Pour them directly from the pie pan into the ice cold water. Let them cool for about a minute. When you remove the marbles from the water you may find some have broken, if they do just throw them out. It’s the marbles that are in intact but have a crackling effect inside and out that you are going to use for the next step.

5.) Use E6000 glue to glue the bail onto the marble.  Let the bail completely dry before adding the jump ring.

6.) Place the jump ring in your left hand pliers, holding the rings left side with the split side up. Take your pliers in your right hand and gently grasp the right hand side of the jump ring and push backwards to open it.

7.) Slip the bell cap hole in the split ring. Place the necklace inside of the opened split ring to. Be careful that the necklace does not go into the bell cap hole, just the split ring should be in the bell cap. Then use both sets of pliers, one on the right hand side of split and one on left hand of split to gently rock the ring back and forth, moving it closer to closing the split ring gap.


(I am the orginal poster of this article in 2004, you might know you me as FireNFusion off eHow)
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57 thoughts on “How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

  1. Your website has some of the best mix of content that I have visted lately. I am very blown away by the design layout on your blog. The logo is extremely eye-popping and goes hand in hand with the theme! You officially have a fan! 🙂

    • Currently, I have in stock following color: white, peach and green. I’ll look for additional colored marbles in Febuary and make up a few more batches. Just keep an eye on this post and see what I find 🙂

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  3. My mom had a crackle marble when i was little..i always wanted to see her jewelry box so i could look at it. I think she told me it was boiled,i am excited to show her this tutorial..thanks so much!!

  4. Thank you for bringing back to memory a joyful time. My grandmother taught me this when I was about 10 years old. Back then we just crackled marbles for fun. Now I can use them in my jewelry making. Thank you again. And I enjoyed your tutorial. Very easy to follow.

  5. Absolutely beautiful, now I have to raid the back shed to see if I have my childhood marbles in storage. One question, I don’t have a kiln, only a kitchen over that goes up to 250 degrees celsius. Will that still work????
    Although it’s so bloody hot here in Perth, Australia, (42 degrees) I’m sure I can just put them outside for a while 😉

    • To Jolene: Your oven will work just fine :). Just leave the marbles in the oven a little longer, so the core temp be heated properly, and be sure that you have ice cold water to plunge them into straight from the oven. Remember, you can repeat the process again if you do not get the results you want the first time.

  6. When do you glue the bail on to the marble? Before you connect the jump ring to it? I remember seeing marbles that were heated or I just saw them as a child, can’t quite remember. I would love to do this with my grandchildren. Thanks a lot of this info, that I had forgotten about. I love making all kinds of jewelry.

    • Cheryl, I normally glue the bail on first and then add the jump ring after the bail is dry. This will keep the bail from sliding with the weight of the jump ring. Once the bail is set, you will not have that problem.

  7. Me again, did it, it worked brilliantly, no breakages. On;y one problem, I got some dark scorch marks on a couple of marbles. Would baking paper or alfoil (I guess thats’s alumininum foil to you guys!) prevent this?

  8. Hi! I live in Florida and I would love to order a few of these to use as part of my bridesmaids’ gifts! About how long do you think it would take to ship them? Do you have all of the colors in stock? Thanks : )

    • You can use any of the ones that are listed in the 2nd set of scrolling pictures located in the article. You don’t have to purchase them from here but that is a good supplier and the only one I know of right now.

  9. I must thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website.
    I love all your high-grade content how to dos. This made a cheap but appeciated gift to many of my family members.

  10. I love these necklaces and want to incorporate these in to our girls camp this year. I am having difficulty finding the bell caps that you use. What size do I need and where can I get them? Thank you

    • Please see the scrolling picture box on the bottom of the tutorial. The small siver pieces are the bell caps and if you click on the picture it will bring you to a supplier. I don’t carry them.

  11. Hi, will this work for round glass beads as well or does the hole through it make it too weak to withstand the temperatures without breaking? Also, what sizes of marbles will this work for, i.e. will it work on the large player size marbles (16mm)? Thanks very much for posting this, I have a tendency to injur myself when I experiment so I thought I’d ask these questions.

    • Shelly, I have tried this method with round glass beads with a hole in the middle. Most split in half. The ones that make it through the process, I kept for 5 months. Almost every one of the beads ended up breaking in half or crackling. I use 8-10 mm marbles when I make my necklaces. The marbles that do not crack during the process, have not cracked afterword. I have not done used any marble past 10mm. I would believe 16mm marbles would work. Just remember you might need to leave the marbles in the oven a little longer because of the extra size. If you do not get the crackling effect you want after cooling in ice water put them back in the hot oven, straight from the ice water. They should crackle within the first minute. If that happens and you get the effect you want, do not place them back into the ice water.

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  13. I found some plain coloured marbles after a lot of searching, but sadly they are all a dark blue which doesn’t turn out as well. I suggest using lighter colours instead.

  14. These are beautiful, Nikki! Have you tried using fishing line to give it a “floating” effect? I think that would be quite lovely. I used to buy “floating” diamonds and wear them (not real diamonds, of course), and they are really pretty; especially when you have a tan. I’d like to have some of these, but with the “invisible” chain. Thanks!
    Carol

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