I like making marbles!!!
Unlike most of the jewellery and beads which are made with 'soft' glass, all the marbles I make from 'hard' borosilicate glass. This is the same glass used to make 'Pyrex' (Pyrex is a brand name) laboratory beakers and oven dishes! It was only in the 1980's that coloured borosilicate was developed, and it's still half-science half-art to use the colours. Although tricky, there is something very satisfying about making marbles with these new materials.
I tend toward about 7 different styles; simple grouped flowers, single flowers, vortexes, nebula, galaxy spirals, planets, and spacescapes with planets. The first three have been around for a few years, but the last two I've been working on for sometime to produce my own style and take on 'space themed' marbles. I do also tend to prefer these micro-landscapes rather than some of the classical twists of primary colours that are found in traditional marbles. I want to do more than these with the exciting colours we now have to play with, plus I find something appealing about putting a minute landscape in such a small package; your own little universe in your pocket!
They are certainly not something mass produced either! I am always asked how long they take to make; they vary but on average 45 minutes for a very, very simple small flower marble, 45minutes to an hour and a half (and occasionally longer) for the more complex galaxies and nebulas. Also small increases in size can really add a huge amount of time to get them into shape. And let's not even think about the rejects! I hope to be concentrating more and more on refining and improving my art-marbles, although I will still be making jewellery too! Most of my marbles will be on offer either in my ETSY shop, or my UK Folksy shop, so please check these out to see what I currently have on offer. For those who like practical things I've been adding a stalk to some and then fitting them into wine bottle stoppers which makes a great and unusal gift too, as well as being a talking point!
One the menu on the left are two galleries; one showing some previous marbles I have made, plus a gallery showing a marble being made to show some of the stages involved.