Richard Salley | The Bolo Tie | Sunday, February 10, 2019 | 9 am until 4 pm


The Bolo Tie lies somewhere between necklace and necktie with a definite Southwest flair to it. The Bolo is popping up in fashion shows around the world and worn by women nearly as much as men.

In this class you will learn to make a Bolo with all hand fabricated elements including sterling silver slide and custom tips…no store-bought components!

Tucson is the perfect place to pick up a new stone for your Bolo and wear it in the state where the Bolo became the official state tie in 1971. Join the fun and create a new fashion accessory you can enjoy everywhere!



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Instructor: Richard Salley

Date of Class: 02/10/2019

Time: 9 am until 4 pm

Class Fee: $165

Level: Intermediate

Type: Project-Techniques

Kit Fee: $40 (payable to instructor at class time)

Kit Fee Includes

8ply braided leather bolo cord

22g sterling silver sheet (50 x 50mm)

24g sterling silver sheet (30mm x 24mm) x2

24g sterling silver sheet (10mm x 10mm) x2

14g sterling silver half-round wire (72mm)

14g sterling silver twist wire (72mm)

14g sterling silver wire (120mm)

bezel wire

6mm cabochon x2

6mm bezel cup x2

silver solder



Student Supply List

Bring a flat-backed cabochon of your choosing that will fit on a 2” x 2” base with sufficient room left around the stone for embellishments. If you want to do a stone-on-stone setting, bring a second smaller cabochon for that.

I will have some stones also if you don’t have one to bring…and there will be plenty of vendors in Tucson to choose from!

Safety glasses

Jewelers saw and blades (#2/0-4/0)

Bench Block

Bench Pin

Pliers-flat nose, chain nose, round nose

Files – hand files and/or needle files

Calipers – digital calipers can be found online or at Harbor Freight for around $20

Rawhide mallet

Wire cutters


bezel rocker, burnishers or bezel pusher

Optional Supply List

Metal shears

miter vise/jig

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Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you.

SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding!

Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for each of the classes in which you are enrolled, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address
  • When they receive your email, they will send you a return email acknowledging receipt of your request
    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
    • Included in this email, they will give you instructions on how to pick up your orders upon arrival in Tucson

 Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes!