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.

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At my first craft show back in 2001 I own a fused glass business, I made up 100’s of necklaces to hang around the craft booth.  What was only made to be an attention getter, quickly became my number one seller.

How to Make Fried Shattered Marble Necklaces

It was my great grandmother that taught me how to make these necklaces.  We used a cast iron pan in her home to create the necklaces.  I just experimented until I achieved the same crackling look by using what I had on hand.

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:

Pie Pan or Muffin Tin
1 Bag Of Marbles (Purchase Here)
Bowl Of Ice Water

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 Shattered Marble Necklaces


Instructions For Making Marbles:

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 effect.

Supplies Purchase on Amazon:

1.) Bell Caps

Bell caps for marble pendants - Glue them to the top of the marble to hold the jump ring.
Bells caps. Glue them to the top of the marble to hold the jump ring.

2.) E600 Glue

E6000 - Strong holding glue will attach metal to glass.
E6000 – Strong holding glue that will attach metal to glass. It isn’t waterproof but it seems to hold for years. I have necklaces that I made from vintage marbles 5 years ago and they are still holding strong. I don’t shower with them of course.

3.) Mini Set of Tools

Mini Jewelry Set
If you are going to be making a good amount of necklaces – get this set. It will make your life easier. The mini pliers versions help you from having to struggle from grabbing too much of the jump rings.

4.) Jump Rings

Jump rings for marble necklaces
The jump ring size is a preference. I like a mid-sized ring. The tiny one are too darn small for my hands, eyes or to get a good grip on for my pliers. The mid sized ones seem to be perfect.

Shattered Marble Necklaces

3.) Place marbles in a metal pie pan or muffin tin 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.

How to Make Fried Shattered Marble Necklaces

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.

How to Make Fried Shattered Marble Necklaces

Instructions for Attaching Bell Cap Bails:

5.) Use E6000 glue to glue the bail onto the marble.  Let the bail completely dry before adding the jump ring. See link above to purchase the bails.  I searched far and wide for this vendor, she is the only one that carries them that I have found.

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

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.

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces


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.

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

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.

How to Make Fried Marble Necklaces

(I am the original poster of this article that was written as an eHow tutorial in 2004. You might know me from my old fused glass business, FirenFusion.  This was also my old pen name under eHow)

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