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 completely ready to transition into Spring. For me, aspect of that transition is the jewelry I wear–the heavier, darker jewelry makes way for lighter and brighter extras. With this in brain, in this article is a pleasurable and colourful choose on the common bolo tie, but made with dyed silk ribbons and flat-back again cameo cabochons. The project assembles very immediately, so you too can be completely ready to welcome Spring!

Ready, set, make!

You will require these provides:


Other supplies:

  • disposable gluing area (paper plate)
  • stir-stick applicator (tooth pick)
  • aluminum foil
  • paper towels

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

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

In jewelry-generating, glue is a “cold connection” that retains various components alongside one another. This undertaking combines the plated brass bolo back again with the plastic cameo cabochon, so a glue that will work with both products is the key to results. I chose my most loved jewelry adhesive, two-section epoxy. Two-component epoxy operates with most non-porous surfaces.

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Epoxy glues type solid bonds. Most epoxy items, like Epoxy 330, instruct you to blend equivalent components of resin and hardener. Carefully stir the adhesive right up until mixed refer to the guidelines that come with your brand name of adhesive.

In advance of commencing, make absolutely sure your items are clear and dry. Then implement a dab of glue to the bottom of the bolo slide getting and unfold it evenly. The factors on the experience facet of the cameo have a low relief that prevents them from sitting level on a countertop. I like to use a piece of scrunched-up foil to assistance the cameo and retain it as degree as probable.

Area the glued cameo aside in a warm location to set and cure. The adhesive begins to established up just after about 15 minutes and cures in about 2 hours. I like to hold an eye on the glued piece till it sets–if the cameo isn’t degree, the bolo slide acquiring can shift and need repositioning. When the adhesive sets, it won’t be a trouble.

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

The bolo slide obtaining can be complicated with its excess tube-like holes. Use the significant and outer tube-like holes for stringing the ribbon by.

String the ribbon by means of one aspect of the bolo slide discovering. Then straighten the ribbon to get rid of any twists and string the second ribbon finish through the opposing hole.

Right here is the altered ribbon in the bolo slide.

To increase decoration and weight, end the ribbon finishes with two massive-gap beads. String a bead on to the conclude of the ribbon dependent on the length of the bead, you might require to use beading tweezers for this undertaking.

Tie an overhand knot about 1/2 inch from the conclude of the ribbon and tighten the knot. Fold the ribbon tail more than and tuck it into the ribbon on the other side of the knot. Gently pull the bead up versus the knot whilst pulling the ribbon tail into the bead gap (poking with beading tweezers may possibly assist with this endeavor).

Here are the completed beaded-bauble finishes. This finishing system is basic, clear, and appealing.

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

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

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