Making cracked marbles

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Making cracked marbles

by Penny Parker


“As a child my Mom used to make cracked marbles (as her mom taught her),

they are simple to make and are quite lovely set into pendant’s and I am sure they have many other uses.” ~ Pen


If you wish your child to help please note ( that the use of hot oil and glass can be a danger ) I would just let them watch!!

You will need:

  • a heavy fry pan or pot,
  • oil,
  • wooden spoon 
  • ice water


  • Place the marbles in the frying pan or skillet in a single layer.
  • Fry on medium to high heat on the stove top for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring them frequently to ensure even heating.
  • Fill the large pot with cold water and plenty of ice.

The quantity depends on the number of marbles being fried;

  • add enough to cover the marbles without overflowing.
  • Let the ice water sit and chill thoroughly while the marbles heat through.
  • Wearing oven mitts carefully pour the hot marbles into the cold water.

The sudden change of temperature will cause the thermal shock that cracks the marble.

The temperature of the marbles determines how much crackle is achieved;

if the marbles are not hot all the way through, the crackling will be less.

  • The heating and cooling process may be repeated once to gain the desired effect.
  • Wash your now cracked marbles in dawn dish lq to remove oil and you’re ready to craft !!!

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