Click on image to see photos of a marble
in "Make a Ribbon Core Marble".
These instructions are free of charge for personal
use only (see copyright below).
PLEASE NOTE: I do not give lessons or
I put together these instructions for making
marbles using a
torch at the request of another marble-maker, Dee Snell. The Hot
Head is the least expensive glass working torch, and is simple to
use. One can make good quality marbles and other small glass
items with this torch
and some basic tools.
I want to point out that I am entirely
self-taught, and some
of my methods
are the result of "figuring out a way to make it work" and may not be
methods used by other marble makers. Also, although I am a
illustrator with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from a prestigious art
school, learning to make marbles was a whole new world for me!
of my art experience (except perhaps the ability to visualize what the
finished item should look like) was of much help! Humbling
for me, but hopefuly encouraging for you! It took me many
to get to the point where I could consistently make good marbles.
It was an entirely new skill that required practice. As with any
skill, glass working must be learned, and as with any craft, I believe
it can be learned by almost anyone who is motivated to try.
I learned the basics of glass working from the
by Cindy Jenkins. Most bead-making catalogs sell it, and it can
ordered from any bookstore.
This book has all the basic information you need to teach yourself to
hot glass work: tools, setting up your workspace, heating glass,
and many techniques for putting designs on and in glass. It would
take me weeks to type all this information, so I'm only going to
specific bits as I go along. I strongly recommend the book as a
The following instructions are my methods,
requiring the tools
to make marbles with a Hot Head torch. I am assuming in these
that you have a table, fireproof surface, and holder for the
know how you want your tools arranged, and have practiced heating glass
to get the "feel" for it.
Make a Ribbon Core Marble
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instructions for their personal use only.
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The techniques and themes described in these instructions are not
They are common techniques and themes and cannot be copyrighted or
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Any items made using these instructions are the property of the maker
to do with as he/she sees fit.