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Botswana Channel Bolo Tie by jessa1155 Botswana Channel Bolo Tie by jessa1155
This is our first custom bolo tie design:)
Mark hand carved the wax model for every aspect of this design.. including the tips and the cord attachments on the back of the bolo. He used a gorgeous piece of purple Botswana agate in a channel style inlay design. The channel setting leaves both the top and the bottom of the stone exposed which shows the full beauty of the Botswana agate. Mark used an inventive technique to attach the tips by drilling tiny holes and inserting wires through the metal and leather... a nice alternative to the common practice of gluing the leather and the tips together.

This is the first bolo tie from Mark's recent tree casting. See the wax model for the bolo here~[link] and our recent journal entry shows the entire casting tree~[link]
The second bolo tie will be posted soon:)
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MChChovanec Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful work, beautiful bolo tie
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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frenetic-maker Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Lovin' your bolo ties! Wonderful casting. The design's really effective in its simplicity. Kudos!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, look for more with other stones and shapes in the future:)
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Virg-inwater Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
This is just stunning!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely mix of materials!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) We're glad you like it. We will be posting a dinosaur bone version later today:)
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Linhorra Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
I love the stone and the carved tips. Rather a simple design, but the agate certainly speaks for itself :) A more ornate setting would probably have detracted from the stone's beauty. So, great design and work!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much:) I'll pass the compliment onto Mark. The design looks simple but carving the wax model for the bolo & tips took more time and skill than many of our more ornate fabricated jewelry. I love the way Mark's inlay and channel styles have such a sleek style. They feel great too... the stone and the metal are seamless. And you're right... the agate takes center stage with this design:)
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Linhorra Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
I am also wondering - how do you take the wax model and create the metal setting? Are there multiple castings involved?
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You attach your wax model to a sprue and then you invest it in a flask. After investing it you put the flask into a kiln upside down and burn the wax out. After the wax is burned out you bring your flask to the temp according to the metal and pour the metal into the mold. That would be a very basic description of lost wax casting.
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Linhorra Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry if the 'simple' implied that I thought there wasn't a lot of time and skill involved in the design :blushes: It's a wonderful design, very polished and as you said, seamless, and I appreciate the work it must have taken to create that look.
I have seen a lot of bolo ties with carving, inlays, multiple colors, etc - what I probably should have said is I like how this one is different and doesn't overwhelm the stone.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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vtglassartist Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is fantastic work.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:)
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harlewood Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
lovely bolo tie design and superb attention to detail.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I'm glad you like it:)
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Negative-Inc Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Wow, what a brilliant and exciting piece of craftsmanship! You guys are amazing with your work, I would love to have a piece like this.

~Meg
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can always commission us:)
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moonbeebz Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, echew glue!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think I may have a glue prejudice:(
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Basmah999 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
gorgeous, as per usual x
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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Ignisburns Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Beautiful! :)
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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