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Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace Tutorial

Mix a bit of science and craftiness to make your own unique Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace. They’re cheap, easy and fun to make.

 

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Mix a bit of science and craftiness to make your own unique Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace. They're cheap, easy and fun to make. | We Three Shanes

 

Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace Tutorial

There are so many fun and interesting things for kids to do these days.  A lot of them rely heavily on technology.  Technology is GREAT but kids need a break from that stuff.

Saturday I was on my phone for a few hours looking for various projects and things.  Do you know what?  It made me grumpy!  I woke up happy and was feeling great.  But by the end of the afternoon I was flat out snippy.

I couldn’t figure out exactly what it was that flipped the switch.  My kids have been fighting like crazy and being home all day with them for sure does not help.  I assumed that was it.  Looking back on it later though I really think looking at my phone scrolling through Pinterest was a huge reason.

So getting kids (and adults) off their iPads, phones, computers and TV’s even for an hour is so necessary.  I find the things I enjoyed doing as a kid are STILL fun for kids.  I am going old school with this one y’all.  In fact, this craft was actually my 3rd grade science fair project.  I got 3rd place so it’s gotta be good right?!  Haha! Check out how my science project turned into these super cute necklaces my daughter and I made together.


 

 

Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace Supplies:

If you are using marbles you’ll want to use round necklace caps. If using flat glass beads then you’ll use the flat necklace backs. We used necklace chain for our cracked marble necklaces but really you can use any material to hang your pendant from. 

We didn’t do this but you can also make rings out of the flat ones. Rings could be really fun and another way to use up your cracked beads if you don’t want a bunch of necklaces or if you’re a big ring person. If you want to make rings you’ll need ring blanks to glue your bead to.


 

Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace Tutorial:

  1. First I put the marbles/glass beads on a cookie sheet and placed them in a preheated oven at 500 degrees (Yep that’s what my pan looks like. Keeping it Real!).

 

Mix a bit of science and craftiness to make your own unique Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace. They're cheap, easy and fun to make. | We Three Shanes

 

2. Let them cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

3. A minute or so before my alarm was set to go off I got out a bowl and put in super cold water with some ice cubes.

4. Once the timer goes off take the marbles out of the oven and dump them directly into the ice water.  Make sure the kids are watching because it’s super fun to see the marbles hit the water.  As soon as the hot marbles or beads hit that cold water, their insides crack causing them to look like crystals. 

 

Mix a bit of science and craftiness to make your own unique Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace. They're cheap, easy and fun to make. | We Three Shanes

 

They are SO pretty! Occasionally one will crack all the way in half, in which case we throw it away but usually they just crack on the inside.

 

Mix a bit of science and craftiness to make your own unique Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace. They're cheap, easy and fun to make. | We Three Shanes

 

We used flat glass beads from the dollar store and they worked perfectly.  Marbles work great too but are usually more expensive.  

 

Mix a bit of science and craftiness to make your own unique Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace. They're cheap, easy and fun to make. | We Three Shanes

 

Using the flat beads meant using a flat necklace back. Since our beads are clear you could see the back through the bead. My husband thought it looked fine but I wasn’t feeling it.

 

I decided to try and fix that so we painted the back of the beads in fun colors. This worked perfectly to hide the backing plus it gives you a chance to make colored pendants. This is an extra step so feel free to skip it.

 

Mix a bit of science and craftiness to make your own unique Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace. They're cheap, easy and fun to make. | We Three Shanes

 

I LOVE how they turned out!  Once the paint dried I sealed it off with triple thick.  You can use any kind of clear sealant you have.  Once that dried we used some craft glue to put the backs on.  After that dries you have yourself a new necklace!

 

Mix a bit of science and craftiness to make your own unique Homemade Cracked Marble Necklace. They're cheap, easy and fun to make. | We Three Shanes

Homemade Cracked Marble Necklaces are such a cool craft to do with your kids or by yourself.  You don’t have to make them into jewelry. Magnets would be fun too. Or you can always just do the cracking part as a science project.  They would also make great presents. Just have some fun with the whole project. 

Do you think you’ll make Homemade Cracked Marbles or Beads? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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