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My kids like marbles. We own bags of them in various colors, sizes, and shapes. Each of my kids has a particular type of marble (color/style), so we don’t get them mixed up or confused. Heaven forbid someone grabs the wrong bag or accidentally ends up with someone else’s marbles in their bag! (laughing)
This week, we thought we’d try something a little different with our stash. (Well, actually mom had to go out and buy a new stash just for this project. I wasn’t crazy enough to suggest they give up their current collection.) We took our new set of marbles, baked them in a pan, and then cracked them in ice!
This was a very easy project. I can’t imagine a ‘pin’ being much easier than this! Here is what you need:
A Handful of Marbles
A Bowl of Ice Water
Necklace Attachments or Jewelry Wire
As I mentioned, very simply done. You bake your marbles in a pan at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes. Carefully remove your marbles from the oven and immediately dump them in a bowl of ice water.
Here are a few things to keep in mind…
- Do this when your house is more open or when you have the air running; our house smelled like hot glass for a little while.
- Definitely wear oven mitts when taking these out of the oven and do not touch the marbles themselves; they will burn you!
- Make sure to put your ice water in a metal bowl; glass might break and, if the marbles don’t fall into the bowl correctly, you could melt plastic.
- Watch closely and quickly. As you start pouring the marbles into the ice water, the marbles are going to crack immediately. This is not a slow process. The cracking took about two seconds when we did this project.
Attaching the jewelry pieces is pretty simple as well. If you don’t necessarily care to take this added step, no worries. The marbles are beautiful as is and ready to be played with immediately.
My kids really got a kick out of this project. My son kept thinking he had to be especially careful with his marbles, afraid that they might break if he dropped them, or hit them, too hard. While I don’t recommend hitting them with a hammer or anything, they seem pretty stable to me; there’s no worry of them coming to pieces.
Another successful ‘pin’. We are having so much fun testing out these ideas and projects!
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