A creative recycling project for working with children is to make marble necklaces. You can string a collection of colorful marbles without drilling holes by using bails. A bell cap bail is a jewelry finding that you can attach to a marble with epoxy. The bail makes the marble ready for mounting to the necklace as a drop or pendant. Bail opening sizes are measured in millimeters and are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Jewelry chain for the necklace can be found at local craft stores or vintage thrift shops.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Jewelry chain
- Bead board
- Bell cap bails
- Jump rings
- Chain-nosed pliers
- Lobster clasp
Prepare the Marbles
Lay out the marbles on the bead board in the pattern you desire for the 22-inch necklace.
Dab the inside rim of a bail with the epoxy. Place the top of a marble inside the rim of the marble. Apply a piece of tape to hold the bail and marble together. Place the bail with marble back on the bead board.
Let the epoxy dry according to the manufacturer's directions. Remove the tape.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 with each marble on the bead board.
Add the Marbles to the Necklace
Measure and cut a 22-inch piece of jewelry chain.
Open a jump ring with the chain-nose pliers. To do this, grasp the jump ring in one hand, pinch the side of the jump ring with the chain-nose pliers and twist it to the side.
Take the first marble with bail from your bead board. Slide the jump ring through the loop of the bail. Insert the jump ring through the link of the jewelry chain in the position you want to place the marble.
Close the jump ring using the chain-nosed pliers. The marble should be attached to the jewelry chain.
Repeat Steps 2 through 4 to attach each marble to the jewelry chain.
Attach the Clasp to the Necklace
Open another jump ring with the chain-nosed pliers.
Slide the jump ring through the last link on one end of the necklace.
Slide the loop of one side of the lobster clasp onto the open jump ring. Close the jump ring.
Repeat Steps 1 through 3 to attach the other side of the clasp to the unfinished end of the necklace.