July 17, 2024


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How to Make a Silk Ribbon and Cameo Bolo Tie Necklace

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How to Make a Silk Ribbon and Cameo Bolo Tie Necklace

It is March, and we are all completely ready to changeover into Spring. For me, part of that changeover is the jewelry I wear–the heavier, darker jewelry tends to make way for lighter and brighter equipment. With this in thoughts, listed here is a exciting and vibrant consider on the common bolo tie, but designed with dyed silk ribbons and flat-again cameo cabochons. The task assembles quite quickly, so you also can be prepared to welcome Spring!

Completely ready, set, make!

You will want these materials:


Other supplies:

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

Most bolo twine is close to 3mm+ in diameter, and bolo slide findings appear all set to accommodate the dimensions. Simply because the silk ribbon is thinner, you will have to have to pinch the bolo back again to decrease the twine opening sizing. For stability of the glue be a part of, it is most effective to do this before forever attaching the bolo back to the cameo.

Below is a “before and after” graphic of the bolo slide obtaining. If you have issues modifying the bolo finding by pinching, you can use nylon-jaw pliers. The jaws of nylon-jaw pliers will not scratch metallic jewelry results as regular metallic pliers do.

In jewellery-producing, glue is a “cold connection” that retains different aspects alongside one another. This task brings together the plated brass bolo again with the plastic cameo cabochon, so a glue that will do the job with both equally elements is the essential to results. I chose my most loved jewelry adhesive, two-component epoxy. Two-aspect epoxy will work with most non-porous surfaces.

Gluing Metal Conclusions 101

free printable pdf featuring beneficial gluing hints and recommendations from Rings & Factors. And really do not forget the glue.

Epoxy glues type solid bonds. Most epoxy goods, like Epoxy 330, instruct you to mix equal areas of resin and hardener. Carefully stir the adhesive until finally combined refer to the instructions that come with your manufacturer of adhesive.

Prior to commencing, make guaranteed your pieces are clean and dry. Then utilize a dab of glue to the backside of the bolo slide finding and unfold it evenly. The factors on the confront side of the cameo have a minimal reduction that stops them from sitting down degree on a countertop. I like to use a piece of scrunched-up foil to help the cameo and maintain it as amount as possible.

Spot the glued cameo apart in a warm place to established and heal. The adhesive commences to set up just after about 15 minutes and cures in about 2 several hours. I like to continue to keep an eye on the glued piece until finally it sets–if the cameo isn’t level, the bolo slide finding can change and need to have repositioning. The moment the adhesive sets, it will not be a difficulty.

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

The bolo slide discovering can be puzzling with its excess tube-like holes. Use the substantial and outer tube-like holes for stringing the ribbon through.

String the ribbon by means of one aspect of the bolo slide acquiring. Then straighten the ribbon to remove any twists and string the next ribbon conclude as a result of the opposing gap.

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

To incorporate decoration and fat, end the ribbon ends with two huge-hole beads. String a bead onto the conclusion of the ribbon dependent on the size of the bead, you may well need to use beading tweezers for this endeavor.

Tie an overhand knot about 1/2 inch from the close of the ribbon and tighten the knot. Fold the ribbon tail more than and tuck it into the ribbon on the other facet of the knot. Gently pull the bead up from the knot whilst pulling the ribbon tail into the bead hole (poking with beading tweezers may well support with this undertaking).

Below are the concluded beaded-bauble finishes. This ending method is straightforward, cleanse, and eye-catching.

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

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

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