Baked Marbles

1 Posted by - March 22, 2013 - DIY & Crafts

I’ve baked a lot of things in my life guys (although I have never been baked myself, I swear). But marbles? No, I have never baked marbles. Until today.

Why would I bake marbles? Because supposedly then they are pretty, like this:

Image from trickygirlb

Image from trickygirlb

The forum post where this came from says that you can make them into pretty necklaces. And it’s apparently very easy. Bake marbles at 350 for 20 minutes, then dump them in a bowl of ice water.

So, hell, I had some marbles because I bought some for my shamrock cupcakes, so I thought why not? (Hold my beer, watch this.)

I did not concern myself overly with the fact that these weren’t spread out nicely on my cookie sheet because, hey, they’re not cookies, so it should be fine.


And then I baked them for the prescribed time and temperature and got my bowl of water ready.


This would be the second time this week I’ve had marbles in a bowl in my sink. My life is fucking weird, guys.


They did crack on the insides and not the outsides, so that part totally worked. Problems:

1. They’re not that pretty.


2. They’re a huge pain in the ass to photograph, even with my fancy-butt new camera.

Too dark:


Too blurry:


Too reflective or something:


So I dunno. You can’t really see it because I’m a terrible photographer. But they’re not that impressive even when you can see them properly, I promise. I will not be making jewelry out of these.

I know, I know– they’d look better if I’d gotten solid-colored translucent marbles, instead of the swirly ones, but dudes, I had a bag of marbles already, and I wasn’t gonna go buy another color just to bake them and crack them on purpose.

So, in conclusion: I successfully cracked some balls, but the results were less than thrilling.


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  • Piggie4 March 22, 2013 - 1:22 pm Reply


  • cheekypinky March 22, 2013 - 1:22 pm Reply


  • Alicia Prevost March 22, 2013 - 1:26 pm Reply

    I think your look kind of cool…the swirly are…more swirly or something.

    Also love that you never been baked…not that I have anything against that kind of thing but when I say I’ve never been baked people look at me like I’m nuts. So I appreciate others saying it. Alcohol is more than good enough for me…lots and lots of alcohol.

  • mari March 22, 2013 - 1:28 pm Reply

    You said balls….

  • Brittany Thomas March 22, 2013 - 1:30 pm Reply

    You should make necklaces out of them and give them out as prizes to your fans. I know I would totally rock one your ball necklaces.

    • Llama spit March 22, 2013 - 4:30 pm Reply

      Yeah. Do two per necklace! It would be a (pin)testes around your neck! Pintestes pendant!

      • Lani March 23, 2013 - 9:32 am Reply


      • Katykersh March 25, 2013 - 3:58 pm Reply

        too funny!

      • Rebecca M March 29, 2013 - 9:08 pm Reply

        Yes !, 2 per necklace and a nice long bead in the middle! Penis and balls!

    • Brittany Lynne Borden March 24, 2013 - 10:07 pm Reply

      Please use these as prizes. I would love to hang balls around my neck.

  • Guest March 22, 2013 - 1:33 pm Reply

    You should make necklaces out of them and give them out to your fans. I know I would totally rock one of your ball necklaces.

  • Kathleen March 22, 2013 - 2:39 pm Reply

    This was really popular in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Knowing that makes me feel really old. I’ve been told this trend is why certain vintage marbles are so expensive and collectable now. Because they were big and solid colored and made great baked marbles there aren’t that many around now. At least that’s what I’ve been told by an antiques dealer.

  • KristenSue March 22, 2013 - 2:40 pm Reply

    In good news, your nails look LOVERLY!

  • Breenah March 22, 2013 - 2:40 pm Reply

    Any time you can crack some balls and it counts as a good thing? Success.

  • EmmaBeEmma March 22, 2013 - 3:15 pm Reply

    So you’ve never been baked, but now you’ve tried crack(ing balls). I’m not sure these are brag-worthy accomplishments…

  • Katherine Horejsi March 22, 2013 - 4:24 pm Reply

    Necklaces…it’s the way to go. Cracked balls hanging round your neck…that you can play with in that distracted or daydreaming way when you’re on the phone or watching TV. Good one.

  • Ethne Hedren Denham March 22, 2013 - 5:08 pm Reply

    Fancy-butt. I’ve been eye-balling this pin for ages. Glad to know it’s a waste of time.

    • Jessie May 6, 2013 - 5:06 pm Reply

      It works with non-cat eye marbles.

  • snork March 22, 2013 - 7:31 pm Reply

    I can’t help but think more than a handful is a waste.

  • Let’s Just Build a House blog March 22, 2013 - 8:05 pm Reply

    yeah i dont love those either. good try though!!

  • Gemini Girl March 22, 2013 - 9:37 pm Reply

    I like that you are not afraid to play with your balls in front of the camera and share it with us. I think that takes balls lol

  • Chelle Crew March 22, 2013 - 9:56 pm Reply

    I like them!

  • Lani March 23, 2013 - 9:31 am Reply


  • Toobossyinpink March 24, 2013 - 8:04 am Reply

    I like your cracked balls! Sometimes it’s better to have a set of cracked balls as opposed to not having any at all. Personally, I’d cherish them…I’d keep them in my pockets though . No one really wants to see that mess.

  • Sarah McMullin March 24, 2013 - 12:04 pm Reply

    Best ball cracker on the web

  • MrsBox March 24, 2013 - 3:26 pm Reply

    Cracked balls necklaces. Sounds like something you could sell at a bdsm convention.

  • Tiffany March 25, 2013 - 12:01 am Reply

    Well, crap. Just when I thought I was immune to getting sucked into another blog where I spend a week reading back to the beginning in lieu of housework, going to the gym, packing for our upcoming move, or fulfilling any other of my wifely duties (if you know what I mean)…I find yours. A fellow English major with a potty mouth who knows her way around Gilbert and Sullivan? Well played.

    I’m already a big fan. :)

  • Amy Smith March 25, 2013 - 12:26 am Reply

    you are one hilarious person to read about. thank you for your humor!!!

  • Cae March 25, 2013 - 12:11 pm Reply

    I don’t think they look bad; but if they didn’t turn out how you hoped it’s probably because you used the marbles that have a swirl of color in them. They turn out better if they’re completely transparent. So you’d want crafting marbles instead of game marbles. Or so I was always told!

  • fluffygirl March 25, 2013 - 2:00 pm Reply

    I’d still call it a win(‘ish). Thanks for trying this one. Now I won’t have to have random balls rolling around my kitchen, too. Way to take one for the team. Oh, and I’d totes be honored to win one of your balls as a prize.

  • Kari Sue March 26, 2013 - 6:12 pm Reply

    I had the same result, but I forked over a buck at the Dollar Tree to buy a bag of marbles. I wonder what kind of marbles this pinner used?

  • Southernpride March 27, 2013 - 11:09 am Reply

    the original pin says to use what is called flat marbles. Hence why the original pic is so much easier to see the inside. They are thinner.

  • Jessie May 6, 2013 - 5:05 pm Reply

    This is another I have done successfully, I even sold a necklace made from one on etsy. You can’t use the cats eye ones. they don’t work as well.

  • Jessie May 6, 2013 - 5:10 pm Reply

    Here is a picture of my attempt, hard to tell with the wire wrapping and I’m not the best photographer but my marbles (dollar store) shattered nicely.

  • Janet Kane June 3, 2013 - 10:21 pm Reply

    When I was a kid in the 50″s we fried the marbles then cooled them

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