How to Make Your Own Reticulated Silver Bolo Tie

How to Make Your Own Reticulated Silver Bolo Tie

I’m here with Mark Nelson of Rio Grande and if you notice we have a different veg we’re working on a true jeweler’s bench true jeweler’s bench love it and one of the reasons we’re working on this is because we’re working with reticulated silver right and we’re gonna be doing some signs and herrings and really cool things yeah sawing hammering filing we need something real sturdy to work on exactly so tell us about the reticulated silver reticulation silver is actually 80 percent silver and 20 percent copper okay and what that does is allows the nice crinkling surface mm-hmm gives a nice great texture great and actually this is what we’re gonna be making is that beautiful bolo tie yes I love bolos on Southwest and Boas are where it’s at that’s perfect so that’s gonna be the end product this is where it all begins all starts here a little piece of reticulation silver and actually a pendant that I found that I enjoy and what I’ll be doing is I’ll be taking the bail off mm-hmm and filing it okay go ahead let’s get started I’m gonna use as a jeweler sawing a little lubrication on there but I’m just really just looking yeah I’m just cutting in off there we go here it is I left a little extra there that we need to file down just real quick if you’re at home you can go ahead and take a little more time to finish it up real nice and smooth if right now we’re just gonna do that and you can finish it up with some sandpaper mm-hmm it’s real quick just polish it up and now it’s gonna be part of a bolo hey and the second thing we need to do is get the pattern for articulation so er to set inside the pendant and when I’ve done there is a cut a little piece of paper that fits right in there and I’ve drawn where I’m going to be cutting on the metal itself with a permanent marker okay okay so do you have to just cut it out now at this point yeah I just take my dealer song okay all right mmm speak aside I know let’s start cutting yeah we are yeah look at that a handy tool anything we have our piece house and now what we need to do is kind of file the edges to make sure that it fits inside okay we also need to do another thing which is pic which is gonna be a top and which is gonna be the bottom I kind of liked it to design on the bottom okay so I’m gonna pick a sign to make sure it fits in there and I can see that I need to do a little filing to make sure it fits data right so I’m gonna start filing what do we do this is called a bench pen mm-hmm and I use the bench pen to hold my hand it makes everything much stay more stable yeah so I’ve been filed for a few minutes mm-hmm and now I can see that it’s gonna fit in here real nice oh that’s perfect so now we’re due to read to put the patina okay okay and then here again I have my liver of sulfur this is my special iridescent patina recipe a little bit of liver of sulfur mm-hmm some household ammonia and the recipe for this will be on the website too that’s right and all the instructions will be there as well yeah there’s some table salt and you want to use hot water mm-hmm okay and what we want to do is just take this and dunk it in there okay and we’re going to heat it up a little bit in the water with your hands you could do with your hands yeah warm it up in there and then dunk swish and keep going back and forth and instantly you can start seeing some color come out absolutely okay and you just stop when you think it’s nice mm-hmm I keep going back and forth well it looks like landscape mm-hmm I love it go out of red coming out with it that because of the copper a little bit of copper copper is what’s doing the the tarnishing mm-hmm and it’s the ammonia and the salt that is a reacting with it and dry it off you can start to see some color in there mm-hmm and I like that site I had some real nice iridescent to it beautiful so I’m gonna use that site okay okay that’s aside now we’re gonna do just slip that in there here we go okay yeah right and all we need to do now is go ahead and fold those prongs over these are called prongs mm-hmm a couple ways you can do it in this case using a little hammer on the side works really easy yeah that simple and should you go orderly top to bottom and then the sides or just whatever way whatever way in this case it doesn’t really matter okay now all we need to do is go ahead and put our bolo back on okay this one works really good it’s really simple mm-hmm and to do that I don’t want to change the patina so I’m just gonna add a little some glue okay so I put a little glue right here in the middle mm-hmm I’m gonna give you a nice and tight yeah not gonna take much at all yeah I’m just gonna put that there and let it set overnight and that’s it and that’ll be it and then you put the cord on in the end up in the tips the tips are real easy you just put them on in fold this these little flanges down into the leather cord and look at how pretty that looks at the end that’s terrific thank you you get it remember you get a different patina depending on how often it’s nearly missing right wise love that this was really fun thanks so much Eric you’re welcome we’ll be right back


  1. I don't know if you'll see this in 2016…BUT, I'm wondering:

    if you want to create your own end caps for the bolo tie (the silver caps on the two free-hanging ends of the braided leather cord), what is the best, most secure, way to attach them? Is it glue? Or is crimping the silver caps enough? What do you recommend? Thanks!

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