- Get your hands on some flat (flat on one side, oval on the other) clear glass marbles. You can usually find them in the fake flower/floral section of craft stores because they are the kind that you wack in a vase to keep your flowers all arranged. I have seen them in $2 shops, usually with the vases.
Make sure you get the clear ones and not the pearlished ones as they reflect the light in this weird way that makes it difficult to see the picture on your finished product - that has been my experience anyway.
- Dig out some intersting pictures. I have used comic books from the book exchange, old sewing magazines (which usually have some cool retro pictures), crafty mags, old postcards and photos and so on.
The only paper I have had problems with is newspaper and old comic book paper IF there is a dark picture on the opposite side- it bleeds through.
- Wash the marbles in soapy water, dry them and then pick out any that have cracks on huge bubbles inside them. On more then a few occasions I have stuck them to the funkiest picture that I am never going to find again only to realise that the marble has a big crack or chip in it, which could give it a unique look, but normally just stuffs it up.
- Lay out the comic page (or whatever your using), wack some craft glue (dries clear, not water (or animals
) based) on to the back (not on the edges) on the marble and then press it onto the picture.
- Wait till the picture dries, grab some scissors and cut around the base of the marble. I have got an extra big hole punch and have tried punching out pictures first so I can forgo this step, but because the marbles are not completely round and differ in size, you end up having to tidy it up anyway. Besides, this step is not as tedious as it sounds.
- Turn the marble upside down and then add yourself another coat of glue to water-proof it. You could use some other sealant, but I have found that just another coat of the glue works fine.
And there you have it! Pretty simple and easy!
I have used them on hair pins, connected to blank bracelet forms and as magnets.
They are so quick to make and for some strange reason I really love them so my partner and I decided to use them as little gifts to the guests at our wedding. Strange maybe, but no weirder then sugar coated almonds! :P We just glued on the heavy duty magnets and plan on somehow connecting about 6 to each name card, add some more colour to the tables anyway!