Hello, and welcome to my video on making bolo ties from common household items. My name is Dan and I work here at South by Southwest Bolo, where we sell top-end bolo ties from Delmont, Fred Grandy, Tieg and Porter, and many others, as well as create custom bolo ties of our own. We also feature a repair shop where our experienced staff can fix up any problem you’re having with a bolo, whether you bought it here or not. We’re located right on Faring Street in downtown Rio Rancho just off the Pat D’Arco Highway. Check out our website, www.sswbolo.net, for more information.
You’ll need a good shearing scissor with at least one serrated edge. I like this set that I use at home to keep down locust shoots in early spring.
Now let’s look at how you can create a bolo tie at home using just about anything. I’m going to assume you have a good leather cord, at least a 24 gauge, though 18 or better is preferable. Anything under a 24 won’t last and will likely tear if you catch your bolo on a coat hook or some barbed wire. You can use a square or circular profile or a braided, it’s up to you. I like a square myself, so I have Brenton’s 16 gauge square here, which you can pick up here at South by Southwest. You’ll also need a good cropping or shearing scissor, preferably with at least one serrated edge for making clean cuts. I like this set that I use at home to keep down locust shoots in early spring. I got these at Ted’s Hardware on Baker Street but we also carry a full line here at South by Southwest.
Now the first thing I should tell you about making a bolo tie is what it means to make a bolo tie. What we’re talking about is adding a clasp and a set of tips or aglets to your cord. Aglets are a little tough to come by at home, so I recommend getting a prefab aglet here at South by Southwest. We carry a full line of Grebe’s sterling aglets as well as custom turquoise beads and an assortment of local gamebird feathers to make your bolo tie just as fancy as you’d like.
So what we’re really talking about here is the clasp – that’s the quintessential part of the tie, the centerpiece that makes your tie a bolo. We do carry a line of clips that you can use to attach your clasp to your cord. I like Pearlmans, which give you the option to glue or screw the clip to the clasp. Check out my video on attaching clips to clasps listed in the description below.