How to Make a Silk Ribbon and Cameo Bolo Tie Necklace

How to Make a Silk Ribbon and Cameo Bolo Tie Necklace

It is March, and we are all ready to changeover into Spring. For me, part of that transition is the jewelry I wear–the heavier, darker jewelry can make way for lighter and brighter accessories. With this in mind, listed here is a enjoyable and vibrant consider on the classic bolo tie, but made with dyed silk ribbons and flat-again cameo cabochons. The undertaking assembles pretty immediately, so you also can be completely ready to welcome Spring!

Prepared, established, make!

You will want these provides:


Other supplies:

  • disposable gluing area (paper plate)
  • stir-adhere applicator (tooth select)
  • aluminum foil
  • paper towels

Most bolo wire is about 3mm+ in diameter, and bolo slide findings occur ready to accommodate the size. Mainly because the silk ribbon is thinner, you will need to have to pinch the bolo back again to lessen the cord opening dimension. For steadiness of the glue be part of, it is most effective to do this in advance of permanently attaching the bolo again to the cameo.

Listed here is a “before and after” picture of the bolo slide discovering. If you have problems altering the bolo finding by pinching, you can use nylon-jaw pliers. The jaws of nylon-jaw pliers won’t scratch steel jewellery results as frequent steel pliers do.

In jewelry-making, glue is a “cold connection” that holds several features alongside one another. This undertaking brings together the plated brass bolo back with the plastic cameo cabochon, so a glue that will perform with each products is the vital to achievements. I selected my preferred jewelry adhesive, two-component epoxy. Two-part epoxy will work with most non-porous surfaces.

Gluing Steel Findings 101

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Epoxy glues kind sturdy bonds. Most epoxy goods, like Epoxy 330, instruct you to mix equivalent pieces of resin and hardener. Carefully stir the adhesive right up until mixed refer to the directions that occur with your model of adhesive.

In advance of beginning, make certain your parts are clean up and dry. Then apply a dab of glue to the bottom of the bolo slide locating and spread it evenly. The features on the encounter side of the cameo have a very low relief that stops them from sitting down level on a countertop. I like to use a piece of scrunched-up foil to assist the cameo and maintain it as level as feasible.

Location the glued cameo apart in a heat locale to set and overcome. The adhesive starts to established up immediately after about 15 minutes and cures in about 2 hrs. I like to hold an eye on the glued piece until finally it sets–if the cameo isn’t amount, the bolo slide finding can change and need repositioning. When the adhesive sets, it will not be a dilemma.

The two-component epoxy 330 adhesive dries very clear. This bolo focal piece is ready for ending.

The bolo slide obtaining can be baffling with its extra tube-like holes. Use the substantial and outer tube-like holes for stringing the ribbon through.

String the ribbon by one side of the bolo slide discovering. Then straighten the ribbon to eliminate any twists and string the next ribbon close as a result of the opposing gap.

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

To insert decoration and excess weight, finish the ribbon ends with two substantial-gap beads. String a bead on to the end of the ribbon based on the size of the bead, you may well need to use beading tweezers for this process.

Tie an overhand knot about 1/2 inch from the end of the ribbon and tighten the knot. Fold the ribbon tail more than and tuck it into the ribbon on the other aspect of the knot. Carefully pull the bead up in opposition to the knot when pulling the ribbon tail into the bead hole (poking with beading tweezers may perhaps enable with this undertaking).

Here are the finished beaded-bauble ends. This finishing process is very simple, clear, and beautiful.

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

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

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