How to Make a Silk Ribbon and Cameo Bolo Tie Necklace

Annette K. Brown

It is March, and we are all all set to transition into Spring. For me, portion of that transition is the jewelry I wear–the heavier, darker jewelry helps make way for lighter and brighter components. With this in brain, right here is a enjoyable and colourful choose on the regular bolo tie, but manufactured with dyed silk ribbons and flat-back cameo cabochons. The task assembles quite immediately, so you also can be all set to welcome Spring!

Ready, established, make!

You will require these provides:


Other materials:

  • disposable gluing floor (paper plate)
  • stir-stick applicator (tooth decide)
  • aluminum foil
  • paper towels

Most bolo wire is about 3mm+ in diameter, and bolo slide findings occur completely ready to accommodate the measurement. Due to the fact the silk ribbon is thinner, you will require to pinch the bolo back to minimize the cord opening measurement. For stability of the glue sign up for, it is best to do this ahead of completely attaching the bolo back again to the cameo.

Here is a “before and after” picture of the bolo slide discovering. If you have trouble adjusting the bolo finding by pinching, you can use nylon-jaw pliers. The jaws of nylon-jaw pliers won’t scratch metallic jewelry conclusions as regular steel pliers do.

In jewellery-creating, glue is a “cold connection” that retains a variety of things jointly. This undertaking brings together the plated brass bolo back with the plastic cameo cabochon, so a glue that will function with both products is the critical to achievements. I chose my favourite jewellery adhesive, two-part epoxy. Two-aspect epoxy operates with most non-porous surfaces.

Gluing Metallic Conclusions 101

cost-free printable pdf featuring helpful gluing hints and ideas from Rings & Points. And really do not forget the glue.

Epoxy glues type solid bonds. Most epoxy items, like Epoxy 330, instruct you to combine equivalent parts of resin and hardener. Carefully stir the adhesive until blended refer to the guidelines that appear with your brand name of adhesive.

Just before beginning, make sure your pieces are clean and dry. Then implement a dab of glue to the bottom of the bolo slide discovering and distribute it evenly. The features on the experience facet of the cameo have a minimal reduction that prevents them from sitting down level on a countertop. I like to use a piece of scrunched-up foil to guidance the cameo and hold it as amount as possible.

Put the glued cameo apart in a heat site to established and cure. The adhesive starts off to established up soon after about 15 minutes and cures in about 2 several hours. I like to keep an eye on the glued piece right up until it sets–if the cameo is not degree, the bolo slide acquiring can shift and need to have repositioning. At the time the adhesive sets, it won’t be a issue.

The two-aspect epoxy 330 adhesive dries obvious. This bolo focal piece is prepared for finishing.

The bolo slide discovering can be confusing with its more tube-like holes. Use the huge and outer tube-like holes for stringing the ribbon by way of.

String the ribbon through 1 facet of the bolo slide finding. Then straighten the ribbon to get rid of any twists and string the second ribbon stop by the opposing hole.

Right here is the altered ribbon in the bolo slide.

To add decoration and weight, complete the ribbon ends with two substantial-hole beads. String a bead on to the conclusion of the ribbon relying on the duration of the bead, you may require to use beading tweezers for this job.

Tie an overhand knot about 1/2 inch from the end of the ribbon and tighten the knot. Fold the ribbon tail about and tuck it into the ribbon on the other aspect of the knot. Carefully pull the bead up against the knot whilst pulling the ribbon tail into the bead gap (poking with beading tweezers may possibly enable with this job).

Below are the finished beaded-bauble ends. This finishing technique is simple, clean up, and appealing.

“Sundance” Bolo Tie Necklace by Rings & Points designer Mollie Valente.

“Panama” Bolo Tie Necklace by Rings & Matters designer Mollie Valente.

Make Matters,


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