How to Make a Silk Ribbon and Cameo Bolo Tie Necklace

It is March, and we are all completely ready to transition into Spring. For me, portion of that transition is the jewellery I wear–the heavier, darker jewellery can make way for lighter and brighter components. With this in thoughts, here is a pleasurable and vibrant choose on the standard bolo tie, but designed with dyed silk ribbons and flat-back again cameo cabochons. The undertaking assembles fairly quickly, so you also can be all set to welcome Spring!

Prepared, set, make!

You will have to have these provides:


Other supplies:

  • disposable gluing surface (paper plate)
  • stir-adhere applicator (tooth decide on)
  • aluminum foil
  • paper towels

Most bolo twine is roughly 3mm+ in diameter, and bolo slide conclusions appear ready to accommodate the dimensions. Because the silk ribbon is thinner, you will require to pinch the bolo again to minimize the cord opening dimension. For security of the glue be a part of, it is very best to do this right before completely attaching the bolo back again to the cameo.

In this article is a “before and after” graphic of the bolo slide locating. If you have trouble changing the bolo obtaining by pinching, you can use nylon-jaw pliers. The jaws of nylon-jaw pliers won’t scratch metal jewelry findings as frequent metallic pliers do.

In jewelry-building, glue is a “cold connection” that holds many features with each other. This challenge combines the plated brass bolo back again with the plastic cameo cabochon, so a glue that will do the job with each products is the key to accomplishment. I chose my favored jewellery adhesive, two-element epoxy. Two-portion epoxy operates with most non-porous surfaces.

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Epoxy glues sort robust bonds. Most epoxy items, like Epoxy 330, instruct you to blend equal areas of resin and hardener. Carefully stir the adhesive until blended refer to the instructions that occur with your brand of adhesive.

Just before commencing, make positive your parts are cleanse and dry. Then implement a dab of glue to the bottom of the bolo slide getting and unfold it evenly. The features on the confront aspect of the cameo have a very low reduction that stops them from sitting down level on a countertop. I like to use a piece of scrunched-up foil to help the cameo and maintain it as degree as achievable.

Location the glued cameo aside in a warm area to established and treatment. The adhesive commences to established up right after about 15 minutes and cures in about 2 hours. I like to retain an eye on the glued piece right up until it sets–if the cameo is not amount, the bolo slide obtaining can change and will need repositioning. When the adhesive sets, it will not be a dilemma.

The two-portion epoxy 330 adhesive dries distinct. This bolo focal piece is completely ready for ending.

The bolo slide finding can be complicated with its additional tube-like holes. Use the significant and outer tube-like holes for stringing the ribbon through.

String the ribbon as a result of 1 aspect of the bolo slide finding. Then straighten the ribbon to get rid of any twists and string the next ribbon close through the opposing gap.

In this article is the adjusted ribbon in the bolo slide.

To insert decoration and excess weight, end the ribbon ends with two large-gap beads. String a bead onto the finish of the ribbon dependent on the duration of the bead, you may will need to use beading tweezers for this undertaking.

Tie an overhand knot about 1/2 inch from the finish of the ribbon and tighten the knot. Fold the ribbon tail over and tuck it into the ribbon on the other aspect of the knot. Carefully pull the bead up versus the knot when pulling the ribbon tail into the bead gap (poking with beading tweezers might assistance with this undertaking).

In this article are the concluded beaded-bauble finishes. This finishing system is very simple, cleanse, and eye-catching.

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

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

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