Do you fancy yourself as a crafter or creative person? Do you like taking unusual or discarded materials and turning them into whimsical or artistic objets d’art? Do you consider yourself a fashionista? Then have we got a fun afternoon for you.
We just found a great homemade jewelry idea from our good friends at Crafts Unleashed. In their simple to follow tutorial, we learn how to make our very own necklaces from cracked glass marbles. You are going to love how these necklaces turn out.
To make these amazing necklaces, you will need clear or colored marbles (your choice), necklace cording or chains, bead caps, eye pins, jump rings, E-6000 adhesive or equivalent, needle-nose pliers, a baking sheet, a large bowl, lots of ice, and an oven.
You should be able to find all of these materials at your local hobby and crafts shop, or you can always order them online. Our preference is to hit the craft store in person and get inspired and distracted by all the other cool ideas we come up with.
To start, you will need to preheat your oven to 500 degrees. Once it is at temperature, place the marbles on the baking tray and put it in the oven for at least twenty minutes. Just before you remove them from the oven, prepare an ice water bath in the large bowl. Remove the marbles from the oven and immediately dump them into the ice water bath. Thanks to science, you will be able to marvel at the marbles as they crack from the inside, forming beautiful patterns, but never shattering the surface. Once they have cooled completely, remove the marbles from the bath and dry them.
Now you are ready to sit down and make your necklace.
Pairing one bead cap and one eye bin, place the eye bin inside the bead cap, making sure the loop is on top. Carefully trim the eye pin, leaving enough wire so that you can form a loop with your pliers. Apply a small amount of E-6000 adhesive inside the bead cap, and attach it to a marble, being careful not to get it on ANYTHING else. This stuff is sticky. Once it has dried, add the ring to the eye pin and put your cording or necklace through the loop. You can experiment with different numbers of marbles on the chain, or try painting them with fingernail polish enamel.
These make fantastic gifts for all the girlfriends, daughters, mothers, and aunts in your life, and they are so easy to make.
A lot of people have taken to social media to share their thoughts on these amazing handmade necklaces, saying things like:
“What a hoot seeing this! I am almost 65 years old and we were wearing necklaces and bracelets made out of these when I was in elementary school … I guess EVERY fashion comes around and around”- Libby Ball
“We called them fried marbles and fried them in a skillet instead of baking them.”- Anon.
“having done this, there are always a few marble casualties. crack apart. but they also make a great earing!”- Anon.
“Boiling water to Ice water works much better!”- Lynn Snyder
Have you ever made your own jewelry before? Share your ideas with us here.