How to Make a Glass Marble Necklace

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How to Make a Glass Marble Necklace
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Marbles remind us of summer fun and childhood. Incorporate a marble—particularly a unique marble with striking colours—into a piece of jewellery to add whimsy and humour. Perhaps the most difficult part of making a marble necklace is selecting the perfect marble. Marble necklaces make unique gifts for family and friends.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Marble
  • Silver jewellery wire
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Jewellery glue
  • Loop pin
  • Beads
  • Chain
  • Jump rings
  • Jump ring pliers
  • Lobster clasp

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select the marble you want to use in the necklace.

  2. 2

    Cut 1-foot of silver jewellery wire. Place the very end of the wire in round nose pliers and bend the wire around the pliers. When the wire forms a complete circle continue to bend the wire around the circle two to three more times. Lightly press the centre of the spiral downward to form a bowl shape.

  3. 3

    Place the marble into the bowl. For smaller marbles you may already be one quarter of the way up the side of the marble. Apply glue inside the bowl and position your marble for best viewing. Allow the glue to dry. For larger marbles add a few more circles until the marble is cupped well, then glue it and let it dry.

  4. 4

    Wrap the wire in a loose spiral following the contours of the marble until one quarter of the marble remains. Tighten your spiral into a circle shape, making each circle progressively smaller as it closes over the top of the marble. When you have 1/4 inch of wire left or you have closed the top cup, twist the last 1/4 inch end of the wire into a tight loop. Fit and glue the upper wire cup over the top of the marble and allow it to dry.

  5. 5

    Thread complimentary beads on a loop pin. A loop pin has a loop at one end and a pin at the other. Once you have filled the pin with beads create a loop in the pin end using the round nose pliers.

  6. 6

    Select a chain for your necklace. Add lobster clasps to each end using jump rings and pliers. Find the middle of the necklace and hook one end of your loop pin through the chain and press it closed with pliers. Hook the remaining end into the loop at the top of the marble and close each loop tight.

Tips and warnings

  • Open round shaped spirals can be created tight enough to slip marbles in and out of the spiral. The unglued spiral may need to be reshaped after each change of marble but a strong wire will usually hold the marble inside.

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