Lets Bake Some Marbles!




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I have an endless fascination with anything that sparkles and glitters in the sunlight. Sun-catchers and glass orbs line my window sills and fill little dishes. So when I came across the idea of baking marbles to get beautiful little cracks while maintaining the smooth surface on the outside I had to try it and share it here.

When you are done you can use them in a variety of ways; try fitting them into jewelry or filling a pretty vase for display. Don’t stop at standard marbles, try cracking flat backed marbles and make them into magnets its up to you!

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Step 1: Get Some Marbles

Step 2: Get Some Findings

Step 3: Bake at 450 Degrees F for 20 Min and Then Dump in Ice Water

Step 4: Assemble the Headpin and Bead-cap

Step 5: Trim the Headpin Down and Bend It Into a Circle

Step 6: Turn Them Into Wearable Jewelry or Little Sun-catchers!

Thats it! its sooooo easy.

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    4 years ago on Step 6

    Very cool tutorial! I've heard if frying marbles, but never baking and since reading your instructable, would much I prefer baking them.

    I want to give another idea for "setting your marbles ~~ try wire wrapping them. They are very pretty when wrapped and then hung from rear-view mirror in car or hanging in front of a sunny window, as the light picks up the cracks and is very beautiful. In the past, I've made them for pendants. So much to do with them!

    Thank you, Berry Crafty Fox!!



    4 years ago on Introduction

    BerryCraftyFox: Thank you for something so simple and elegant at the same time.
    "Dollar store, here I come!"


    5 years ago on Introduction

    OMG! I would have never thought of putting all of those marbles I have in my studio on a cookie sheet and sticking them in the oven. That's brilliant and so easy. I'll have to try it! I see that it works with clear ones, but have you worked with ones that are coated,say,in iridescent coats? That's what I have the most of, so I'm just curious. Can't hurt to try, right? When I do this, I'll post pics. May be a bit though as I have to have a worthy project to put them on. I have head pins, but no caps.

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    When I was young - a kazillion years ago - we cracked marbles, too.
    What we did was put a couple of marbles on a tablespoon and hold the
    spoon over a flame on the stove - we had a gas stove. When the spoon
    got too hot to hold, we dumped it and the marbles into a pan of cold
    water. They cracked very nicely, but the spoon got tarnished, so use an
    old one. The longer you held the spoon and the hotter the marbles got,
    the more cracks you got. This way you can do only a couple at a time
    and it doesn't take that long. But, I'd use a potholder now:) Thanks
    the trip down memory lane:) All we had was cracked marbles, we never
    thought of doing the cool things (do people still say cool?) you do.
    That's really amazing and I'm going to try making the ear rings, but
    think I'll use the spoon:)

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I too did that when I was a kid, but that was only a jillion years ago ;)

    I held a marble, with pliers, over the gas stove flame, for maybe 20-30 seconds then dropped it into a glass full of water. I had purees (sp), cat-eyes, boulders, et al. Being useless marbles, I think I turned them into slingshot ammo. They didn't ricochet because they break so easily... they turned into shrapnel....

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Omgosh haha that sounds like something crazy that I would have done as a kid..why didn't I thank of that at the time haha.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I think I am stupid, but what is the purposeof baking the marbles? I mean, does the heat create particular light reflecting surfaces?

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, When you heat a marble up to really high temperatures like in the oven, and then put them directly into ice water while they are still reallllly hot they CRACK! but only on the inside. The outside stays smooth. So what you get is a marble with crackles inside so when you hold it up to the light it sparkles.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    When I was young, we heated them in a skillet. Fried marbles were the rage.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I too love anything that sparkles but have never heard of this. Beautifull to see and a great Instructable except for the hard to read words.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    What a great idea!!!!!!! I will so be trying this soon!!!!