Some days ago I tried to make a bolo tie by myself. Some „background information“ to begin with: My boyfriend’s birthday was coming up and as it was his 30th birthday I wanted to give him some special gift. Of course I also bought something but I also wanted to have something hand-made. He used to have a bolo tie which was stolen.. so somehow I got the idea of making a bolo tie. Or rather trying to make one 😉 . It is really a lot easier making crafts for girls/women.
Anyways.. here is some step-by-step report of making the bolo tie.
First of all I was searching the web for different pictures of bolo ties. After I had studied them for some time I had some kind of idea of what I would need. I knew that I would need some leather cord and I decided that I would make a base out of beads, using the peyote technique.
But only something out of beads wasn’t enough. I needed something fancy. Eye-catching. Something to add to the base of beads. I read in my handicraft books and I looked through all my materials. I came up with some different stones, something cabochon-like as you can see on the picture below. But nothing really convinced me.
But then I found something fitting: It was an old brooch. Actually for women but I decided that I could also use it for a men’s bolo tie in this case.
Of course I couldn’t juse use it like this. As it was a brooch I had to remove the pin. Luckily this was easy, I was able to break it with pliers and afterwards just had to rasp the rests. It worked out a lot better than I had expected.
But I was not satisfied yet, something was missing. Therefore I made something else out of beads using the peyote technique again and added it to the brooch. My main problem here was to adjust it symmetrically. Afterwards I was really unsure about my work. Two main qestions were bothering me: 1. Was this really fitting for a man to wear? Or did it look more like a women’s jewelry? And 2. Which way was the way to wear it?
I took the following 2 photos and sent them to some friends and family members:
The answer to the first question was clear: Yes, a man can wear it. The second question wasn’t as clear as the first but after I had asked some people the majority had decided that it should be worn upright as in the picture on the right.
Now there was only one thing missing: The leather cord with endings. And this is what it looked like in the end:
I hope you’ll like it as well 🙂
Please excuse any weird words or wordings.. I have never described something like this in English before so unfortunately I was missing some „specialist terms“ 😉 .