Marbles start with M

Hello there!

I wanted to share my homemade marbles with you since my son loves them so much. He keeps asking me to make different colors. 🙂 These would be fun to make for a Letter of the Week activity too!

MARBLES 1

MARBLES 2

Back to the marbles… Aren’t they fun? They are really easy to make. At least, I think they are. I’ve been playing around with polymer clay for about 9 years, so they could be more complex than I remember. Hopefully you won’t think so.

I started off with bits of scrap clay that I had.
I started off with bits of scrap clay that I had.
Then I rolled them into the size a bit smaller than I wanted for my marbles.
Then I rolled them into the size a bit smaller than I wanted for my marbles.

The reason I made them smaller is not because the clay will expand in the oven. It’s because I want to apply polymer clay cane slices to the ball. However, you do not need to do that. You can simply roll out some marbles with plain clay, or mixed different colors, bake, and enjoy!

These are some of the canes that I made years ago. They're still good!
These are some of the canes that I made years ago. They’re still good!

Polymer clay is made up of little bits of plastic so it does not dry out like other clays. It will get stiff over time… it is plastic after all. But I was able to warm mine up in a Baby Wipes Warmer so that they were easier to work with and wouldn’t crack.

My favorite polymer clay cane (as evidenced by the picture) is a chrysanthemum cane. This video does a wonderful job of explaining how to make one…

And back to… the marbles. Once I had my marble base I was ready to cut some slices of the cane with a Flexible PolyBlade.

Christmas Marbles 4 - slice

Here you can see that I've added my slices.
Here you can see that I’ve added my slices.
Then I rolled them around until they became uniform doing away with most of the seams.
Then I rolled them around until they became uniform doing away with most of the seams.

Bake according to package directions. I use mostly Premo! Polymer Clay , so I usually bake it around 225-275 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here's how they look straight out of the oven.
Here’s how they look straight out of the oven.

You probably notcied that they don’t look as shiny as the ones in the top picture. That’s because I hadn’t added the glaze yet. I use a simple glaze like THIS ONE from DecoArt. You just paint it on and let it dry.

Of course you can’t just paint the whole marble and let it dry as it would stick to the surface it was drying on. And you don’t want it rolling around, am I right? Well, here’s my fancy smancey way of glazing…

Golf tees in play dough.
Golf tees in play dough.

Paint one half of the marble. Let it dry. Flip it over and paint the other half. Let it dry. And now they’re ready to play with!

Do you have to glaze them? No, absolutely not. However, the glaze will preserve them and make them last longer. I gave Boozle some marbles to play with that hadn’t been glazed and he ended up chipping one. (?) Plus, they just look nicer. 🙂

See how the glaze really brings out the metallics in these marbles?
See how the glaze really brings out the metallics in these marbles?
With these ones you can better see the pearlescent layer and bits of silver leaf.
With these ones you can better see the pearlescent layer and bits of silver leaf.

I can not end this post without a word of caution. Please do not make these if you have a child who will put these in their mouth. First off, he or she might choke. Second off, the marbles will break apart if bitten on. (Don’t ask me how I know this.) I mean, if you’re reading this blog then chances are you’ve already thought about stuff like this.

And to be honest, one of my children used to get into my clay all the time. He took a couple of bites, to my chagrin. We panicked, called poison control, and found out that it was not enough to be worried about. However, if that Mom instinct is going, “Hmmm, I don’t know,” then don’t make them. They grow up soon enough. 😥

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please let me know if you have questions about anything as I may have forgotten some details. Yes, yes I may have.

Have a fabulous day!
Antoinette

For delicious, healthy, simple recipes, check out my Wildtree Website.
For delicious, healthy, simple recipes, check out my Wildtree Website.

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3 thoughts on “Marbles start with M

    1. Antoinette

      Thanks! They are fun to make, so I’m glad you’re going to give it a try. You can see some swirled marbles in the picture & those are super easy to make. Just put a couple of colors together & roll them around in your hand until they start to swirl. They’re really cool & fun for the kids to swirl!

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