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many cracked marbleI’m always amazed by the creativity of jewelry designers. Some I’ve discovered have found that natural stones and crystals aren’t necessarily the be-all and end-all of ornamentation. That’s sometimes a hard sell for me, since these are my favorites. But as you know I’m also drawn to the beauty of lampwork, metal clay creations, sea glass and more. Today I’ve decided to celebrate the folks who have dusted off old marble collections to create beautiful focal pieces for their work.

You can buy these ‘pre-made’, but why do that when all you need are glass marbles, a hot oven, and cold water? You can get details on the process here: How To Make a Cracked Marble Necklace

silver and cracked marbleThe basics are, pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees and place your selection of marbles on a baking sheet. Bake the marbles for about 20 minutes, take them out, dunk them in ice water, and voila! The drastic change in temperature make the marbles crack immediately. Once they’ve cooled and cracked in the water, put them in a strainer and use in your own unique designs. They look like crystals, so there’s an infinite number of possibilities. I’ve featured just a few of the pretty baubles our Etsy colleagues have made using these marbles. If you decide to try this out, we hope you’ll share the results with us!

From top to bottom are:

From MTCreationsjust4u, a plethora of cracked marble necklaces with a variety of choices for cords and caps.

From BeesHandmadeGifts, a cat eye marble necklace, with silver chain and finishings.

pink marbleAnd...

TheDandyDahlia’s pendant necklace, a marble hand-painted in gold, cream and pink iridescent sparkle, then sealed, baked and wire-wrapped in an antique bronze ring frame.

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Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

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