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Old 11-17-2005, 01:10 PM   #1
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Bolo Tie

I am wanting to make a beaded bolo tie for a friend, but I have never made one. I want the cord to be beaded and have a beaded medallion on the clasp. Where do you find the clasp, or do you make it? Do you gourd stitch the cord? What kind of cord do you use? Any suggestions would be great! Thanks!
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Here's my take on it.

If you're going to bead the rope or cord. DON'T use a metal clasp, besides the fact that you won't find one that will fit it, you'd damage the beadwork on the cord.

Course, that's not to say it CAN'T be done or hasn't been tried. I've personally had no luck doing it, so haven't bothered with it.

I always bead a rosette for the bolo, and will bead the cord (Gourd Stitch).

On the back of the rosette, I simply make a sort of series of two loops, each loop, made out of leather, and each one accomodating a single strand of the beaded cord/rope. This is stitched to the backing on the beaded rosette, and if you do it tight enough or with enough tension, you shouldn't have any problems with worrying about having a clasp.

Unless you're going to just bead the tips of the cord/rope, and then want to bead a rosette, and use a metal clasp. You can get clasps online from places like Crazy Crow Trading Post, from stores online, or elsewhere that specialize in Southwestern type items, geared more towards silverwork.

Look up Gallup Indian Jewelers Supply online, there should be something there, or at least a number to call them up, they could hook you up.

Hope that helped......or wasn't TOO confusing.
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Old 11-17-2005, 02:26 PM   #3
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On the back of the rosette, I simply make a sort of series of two loops, each loop, made out of leather
What type of leather do you use?
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Good directions, MrBoJ. I think the cord looks better fully beaded, but to gourd stitch that would take 4EVER!!!

My sisterinlaw showed me how to wrap-stich. You go around the cord with a whole row of beads and then go thru. Add another row and continue. Still looks very nice!
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Hope that helped......or wasn't TOO confusing.
It helped a lot. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.
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My sisterinlaw showed me how to wrap-stich.
I thought about the wrap-stitch, but the only bolos I have seen were gourd stitched. Wrap-stitching would be much quicker.

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you don't have to tack down it all stays together without spaces? Sounds good....I'm going to try it. Thanks.
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