January 27, 2011

fried marbles and a night owl









A couple of weeks ago I came across an image on the internet of a beautiful glass sphere that turned out to be something called a "fried marble"...intrigued by the term I searched for instructions and discovered that since the 1950s people have been baking them to use in jewellery. They are really easy to make and quite addictive once you begin...I have about a thousand now.
Anyhoo I used polished annealed 22 gauge steel wire to cage and wrap a couple of my first marbles.
The owl is created using chainmaille and metal scales, his face is a rusty gasket that I found on one of my junkyard hunts. The eyes are fried marbles.

17 comments:

Sarah said...

You’ve made over 1,000 fried marbles in a few weeks??? Wow! They should keep you busy for a while :)

LOVE your chain maille owl, I have thousands of jump rings left over from when I went through a mailing phase a couple of years ago, never occurred to me to incorporate them into arty stuff rather than jewellery, good call!

slommler said...

Fried marbles are fabulous!! And your look amazing! The pieces you have crafted are wonderful!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Irene said...

Love your creations, and fried marbles, well that may be my next adventure.

hazel said...

I love what you've done with your fried marbles, the owl is brilliant.
xxx Hazel.

Minxy said...

Loving the marble creation but WOW how cool is the Owl, absolutely stunning, i love it lots and lots
Hugs Minxy x

Binxcat1 said...

So my dear arty friend... how, prey tell, DO YOU fry a marble? ;) Fabulous as ever...

Marelle said...

Deep fried marbles lol
wonder whooooot the lucky person will be maybe meeee??

Marelle said...

deep fried marbles lol
wonder whooooooooo teh lucky winner will be hope it is meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

mariew said...

Amazing!!! I love the fried marbles!!! Such a cool idea!!! Great project!!! I just love it!! The colors are amazing!!! Can't wait to see more!!! Thanks for sharing!!

wiltshiremarie@yahoo.com

workofheart said...

Gonna have to start frying up some marbles. Amazing creation, thank you so much for sharing. roselaquay@hotmail.com

Jessica said...

Lovely stuff! I remember doing fried marbles when I was young. That's about a century ago lol. But they do make beautiful little pieces of glass for all sorts of creations. TFS

Brynn said...

really original..that's thinkin outside the box.

Dawn said...

He is beautiful I can imagine how he will light up in person

Love Dawn xx

Dawn said...

Oh Fried marbles, is there a link?

love Dawn xx

chrisw said...

Wow this is amazing.LInda your little doll came back to me so i'm not sure if i put the wrong addy on it can you please resend?

Anonymous said...

Devine love your owl and the method very arty and interesting would hang this in a heartbeat ....

bev

leofaerie17@gmail.com

Allie Gower said...

Love what you have done, sounds like you had fun as well.