This project is a family favorite.  My kids *love* to “crack” glass stones with me.  They don’t even make anything with them most of the time, they just enjoy watching the glass crack and then admiring their handiwork.  I like to paint the stones, glitter them, set them in bezels, make magnets, and all kinds of other things.  But let me back up a bit and first show you how to “crack” glass!

(This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where you can find me every Tuesday!)

Supplies Needed:

  • Glass stones
  • Water and ice
  • Plastic Bowl

Step one:  Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Arrange your glass stones in a baking dish.

Step two:  Bake the stones for 20 minutes.

Step three:  Prepare a plastic bowl with ice and add water.

Step four:  When you remove the stones from the oven, pour them IMMEDIATELY into the ice water.  They will crack instantly.

Your stones are now ready to work with.  The cool thing with this project is that the stones have cracks on the INSIDE but the outside is perfectly smooth.  There are no sharp fragments or anything that will cut you.  Occasionally, a stone may crack too deeply and break in half, so make several at a time.


What to do with your beautiful “gemstones”?  One idea is to just set it on a bail to make a pretty, diamond-like pendant.  Another is to wrap it with wire like I did in this tutorial.  What might you do with your cracked glass stones?



  1. This is great! 50 years ago, when I was a kid, this craft was called ‘fried marbles’ and we did it with regular cateye marbles. I had forgotten about that till I saw your post. 🙂

  2. Glass mosaic tiles easily impart a decorative look to any setting. They may be used in large expanses or even smaller stretches like frames and borders to create ornamental accents. Thanks!


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