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 prepared to transition into Spring. For me, portion of that transition is the jewelry I wear–the heavier, darker jewellery would make way for lighter and brighter extras. With this in intellect, right here is a entertaining and colorful consider on the conventional bolo tie, but designed with dyed silk ribbons and flat-back again cameo cabochons. The project assembles really quickly, so you far too can be ready to welcome Spring!

Prepared, established, make!

How to Make a Silk Ribbon and Cameo Bolo Tie Necklace

You will need these supplies:


Other supplies:

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

Most bolo cord is about 3mm+ in diameter, and bolo slide findings occur ready to accommodate the measurement. Mainly because the silk ribbon is thinner, you will require to pinch the bolo back again to reduce the twine opening measurement. For stability of the glue be part of, it is finest to do this ahead of completely attaching the bolo back again to the cameo.

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

In jewellery-earning, glue is a “cold connection” that retains several things jointly. This job combines the plated brass bolo again with the plastic cameo cabochon, so a glue that will function with equally supplies is the key to success. I selected my favorite jewelry adhesive, two-section epoxy. Two-section epoxy functions with most non-porous surfaces.

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Epoxy glues kind powerful bonds. Most epoxy merchandise, like Epoxy 330, instruct you to mix equal areas of resin and hardener. Carefully stir the adhesive until mixed refer to the guidance that arrive with your model of adhesive.

Ahead of beginning, make guaranteed your parts are clear and dry. Then implement a dab of glue to the backside of the bolo slide finding and spread it evenly. The things on the facial area side of the cameo have a minimal relief that prevents them from sitting down amount on a countertop. I like to use a piece of scrunched-up foil to assist the cameo and hold it as stage as doable.

Area the glued cameo aside in a warm place to set and remedy. The adhesive starts off to set up right after about 15 minutes and cures in about 2 several hours. I like to retain an eye on the glued piece till it sets–if the cameo isn’t amount, the bolo slide acquiring can change and need to have repositioning. When the adhesive sets, it will not be a challenge.

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

The bolo slide locating can be baffling with its added tube-like holes. Use the massive and outer tube-like holes for stringing the ribbon by means of.

String the ribbon through a person aspect of the bolo slide acquiring. Then straighten the ribbon to take away any twists and string the 2nd ribbon stop by the opposing gap.

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

To insert decoration and weight, finish the ribbon ends with two massive-hole beads. String a bead onto the end of the ribbon based on the size of the bead, you may possibly want to use beading tweezers for this task.

Tie an overhand knot about 1/2 inch from the stop of the ribbon and tighten the knot. Fold the ribbon tail above and tuck it into the ribbon on the other aspect of the knot. Gently pull the bead up in opposition to the knot when pulling the ribbon tail into the bead hole (poking with beading tweezers may possibly assist with this activity).

Right here are the finished beaded-bauble finishes. This finishing method is simple, thoroughly clean, and interesting.

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

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

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