Cracked Marble Necklace

Cracked marbles are not a new thing to the crafting world, but if you are like me, and haven’t given them a shot yet, here is a step-by-step, tried and true method.

I love the look of the cracked marbles, and wanted to incorporate the finished project into something beautiful, so my daughter and I made necklaces out of them.

It was a great project. No mess, cheap, and easy to mass-produce. What more could you want?

Here are the materials you will need to make your cracked marble necklace:

Let’s get started!

Pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees.

Open your bag of marbles, and lay them out on a baking sheet.

I want you to know, that I bought a brand-new cookie sheet for this project. I wasn’t about to take photos featuring my much-loved (ugly-looking) cookie sheets!

You are welcome! They sure are pretty new, aren’t they?

Pop the baking sheet into your oven, and set the timer for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, get a bowl, and fill it with ice water.

When the marbles have baked for 20 minutes, take them out of the oven (which I desperately need to clean). Be very careful! A 500 degree oven is not friendly!

Dump the marbles straight into your ice water.

The marbles will immediately crack!

There are a lot of variations out there on oven temperatures, and times to bake the marbles at.

Using 500 degrees, and 20 minutes, I did not lose a single marble.

Look how pretty!

I poured them into a strainer, and dried them off.

My daughter thought we made diamonds!

If only…

Now to make them into necklaces!

You will need one bead cap, and one eye pin per necklace.

Insert the eye pin into the bead cap, and trim the end of the pin. You only need to leave enough “pin” to create a loop.

Using fine-tipped pliers, turn the trimmed section of the eye pin into a loop.

With both ends of the eye pin secure in the bead cap, apply some adhesive to the inside of the cap.

Be generous, fill that cap! Then adhere the cap to your marble.

Then set your pendant aside to dry.

I found it very helpful to set the drying pendants on top of the mesh bag they came in,the “holes” of the mesh kept them all upright to dry.

When the adhesive is dry, add a jump ring to the loop in the eye pin.

Then, attach the pendant to your chosen necklace cording.

Repeat for as many necklaces as you want to make!

I am not sure if you caught Lindsay’s Vintage Gumball Machine Necklace Tutorial, but I was inspired by her use of nail polish to color plain old pearl beads.

I put it to the test on these pendants- look how beautiful and easy it is to add color and glitter and fabulousness!

One to match every outfit. For pennies.

About Shaunte

Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).

Comments

  1. how do you fasten the necklace cording?

  2. YOU are smart! Very creative <3333

  3. Thanks for very detailed instructions and pictures. I’ve got to try this!

  4. I’M SORT OF NEW TO CRAFTING SO THIS MAYBE A STUPID QUESTION BUT WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PUT THE HOLES IN THE MARBLES

  5. I was wondering…when you put the eye pin in the cap and made the loop underneath, how did you get it to lay flat enough for the cap to fit on the marble without the marble hitting the loop underneath?

    • @kim- use the pliers to bend the pin sideways so it will lay flat against the marble. The bead caps have some room at the top- use a generous amount of glue, and you are good to go!

  6. Did you paint the marbles before or after you cracked them? How did you keep the marbles sparkling without just being a coating of paint? Thanks they look great if I can get as good results.

    • @Wes- I painted the marbles AFTER they were cracked. They are painted with nail polish- the clear-ish kind what has glitter in it. Most nail polishes are pretty resistant after they dry, and I did not seal them with anything. If the polish peels off, or wears off, it would be very simple to simply re-coat with more polish. Good luck!

  7. ljubica says:

    Is oven temperature in celsius or fahrenheit?

  8. Cool, I google +’d it!

  9. Omg.. Thank you so much for a concise and easy to follow tutorial. I had no idea the names of the jewelry thingamagics..lol u are greatly helping us with an easy jewelry making for dummies. Now I am so inspired to do this marble and many other necklace ideas I have.. Thank

  10. Man, you are fantastic! A really wonderful, easy to follow tutorial! We are going to do that for Hogwarts this summer!!

  11. OMG – thank you so much!! I had found a forum post with this idea, but NO instructions and as I’ve never done jewelry before I had NO CLUE how to get the bead caps to have loops for the jump rings! Now I’m excited again, lol!

  12. I remember making cracked marbles as a child with my mother. This brought back memories. I found some iridescent clear marbles today and tried cracking them, they turned out amazing!! I didn’t find any bead caps in store, so I used your links and purchased some more marbles AND the bead caps and will be happy to share pics with you once they arrive.

    P.S. As a child we did the “fried” method in a fry pan and your oven method of 500 at 20 worked PERFECTLY, every single marble came out.

  13. I found this idea on pinterest and it said to do it at 325! a huge difference in temperature! If mine don’t work (I have them in the oven now) I’ll have to try your method. Thank you!

  14. You know, I have never seen these before! They are soo cool and I cannot wait to make some.
    As a blogger I also got a real kick out of you buying a new baking sheet, although I would not have judged you had you not! lol
    Going to go check out the rest of your blog now, thanks for this idea.

  15. I made some of these two nights ago and they are gorgeous. I tried every type of nail polish that I own and couldn’t get any to turn out like yours. They just looked like a marble covered in nail polish.. You could no longer see the cracks. Do you have more info about the type of nail polish that was used? Thanks so much!

  16. @kim- (i hope you are checking back in!) It depends on the glue you use. :) E-6000 takes a while. I left mine overnight. You could use a gel superglue if you wanted them to dry faster. Just don’t glue your fingers together. Super glue is always a tricky one! The girls will LOVE these!

  17. I’d love to do this with my Junior Girl Scouts. About how long does it take for the glue to dry? Thanks!

  18. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featuring you in our Favorite Find Fridays post tomorrow over at Whimsically Homemade. We’re using one of your pictures and are linking back to you. If that’s a problem let us know and we’ll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

  19. Hi Su-
    Thank you for your question! The marbles were painted with nail polish after they were baked, iced and dried off. I found the best results with polish that was less opaque, to allow for the wonderful cracks to show through clearly. The nail polish was super forgiving! My daughter painted some of them. :) You can always add another coat if it comes out uneven. Have fun!

  20. ok. . did you paint the clear marbles with nail polish after or before they came out of the oven/ice? That picture of the hands with the colored marbels. . so pretty!! great picture!! it looks like the nail polish is on those marbles so perfectly??

  21. That is so pretty! Thanks for the great tutorial :)

  22. @Laurie, Shaunte used 10mm bead caps, (similar found here): http://www.consumercrafts.com/store/details/catalog/jewelry-findings-caps/1999-089
    At the beginning of every post, there is a supply list – the supplies highlighted in orange have links to the product. You will be able to find out more info about each product and you can purchase them through our site.
    Thanks for your comment!

  23. What size bead caps did you use?

  24. Sandy_in_MD says:

    Love how they look with the glittery nail polish – thank you so much for the awesome tutorial!

  25. LOVE! I am SO making these!

  26. Beautiful! I’ve made these before but didn’t color them with glitter. Great idea!!

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