How to Make Cracked Marble Necklace

DIY Ideas

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:

  • Clear marbles
  • Necklace cording – (A note on  the necklace cording, if you are looking in my supply picture, you can purchase cording in bulk,(the spool) and make a bunch of necklaces, or just opt for the easier, pre-made version.)
  • Bead Caps
  • Eye Pins
  • Jump Rings
  • E-6000 adhesive (or other strong glue)
  • Needle-nose Jewelry Pliers
  • Baking sheet
  • Bowl
  • Oven

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.

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.

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.

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!

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