I really hope I’m not the only person out there that experiences more Pinterest fails than successes. If I am, don’t tell me…just let me go on believing…
Anyway, I pinned these marble pendants a long, long time ago, and finally remembered to try making them. They worked just as promised! Yay!
The blurb under the photo said merely “Bake at 300-350 for 20 minutes, then put in ice water.” So here’s what worked for me:
I put the marbles in a glass Pyrex bowl and baked them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I filled a metal bowl with ice and water before I took the marbles out of the oven, then plunged them right into the ice water as soon as I removed them from the oven.
The marbles cracked beautifully inside. Woohoo! Then I just needed to make a pendant, which would appear to be simple. It was, once I figured out how to make a hanging loop attached to the metal filigree cap, which just had a hole in the center. I think you can probably buy caps with a loop already attached, but I couldn’t find them. And I wanted to be able to make this out of basic supplies, since I’d already pilfered the marbles from the hooligans.
To make the loop, I took a head pin, bent it in the middle into a loop, and wrapped one end around the base of the loop a couple of times. Then I just squeezed the ends together to insert them through the top of the cap, like you would a Christmas ornament cap. I pushed the two ends against the inside of the bead cap, so it would sit evenly on the marble.
I set the marbles on a felt coaster with a pattern cut out, so they would be semi-stable. I put a dot of E6000 adhesive on the top of each marble and let it cure for a few minutes, to make it stickier. Then I oh-so-carefully set the cap and loop on top and pressed it down to make contact. Then I went off to run some errands and let them dry for a few hours.
When they were completely dry, I added a jump ring and attached them to the chains I bought with clasps already attached. I think next I’ll try this with those flat glass pebbles and see if it works as well!