Eye of Sauron Bolo Tie




Boromir : "One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful."

Enjoy yourself a nice Lord of the rings accessory that is easy to make and does not require a lot of supplies.

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Step 1: Supplies and Materials


  1. Nail polish in colors
    • Black
    • Red
    • Orange
    • Yellow
  2. Glass Cabochon
  3. Cabochon setting
  4. Braided leather cord
  5. Bolo tips
  6. Bolo slide


  1. pin and or finish nail
  2. grid paper

Step 2: Set Up for Creating the Eye

Use the graph paper to keep your pattern centered when you apply nail polish. The pin and finishing nail will be used to create the iris look by pulling the tip through part of nail polish. don't pull the nail completely across the cabochon as this will not create the iris look you would want. More on that later.

Step 3: Center of Iris

Start by applying black nail polish in a small narrow oval shape at the center of the cabochon. Make use of the grid paper to get the pattern equal on top to bottom and left to right. Use the pin to pull from the edge of the black out to the closest edge. This will give the start of the iris look.

Step 4: Starting Layering

Apply black nail polish to the outside edge of the cabochon. Use the pin create lines through the black. These lines will then be filled with the next layer.

Step 5: To the Next Layer

Apply red nail polish over the black and slightly further toward the center than you applied the black. The red will fill the gaps created by the pin to start the iris effect. For this layer and other layers not on the edge of the cabochon only pull the pin through the edge of the current color to the edge of the previous color. This creates a more natural eye look. If needed pull up a picture of an eye and look at it for comparison.

Use the color pattern to get the eye to look like Sauron's eye. The orange will be applied in two places for better contrast. Once you start you will need to go until you are finished. The nail polish will start to set up and you will not be able to restart later. That being said the nail polish has a decent working life before it starts setting up.

Step 6: Finishing Details for the Eye

Once the colored portion of the eye is complete apply a layer of nail polish to the back to seal all of the nail polish. You may need to clean up around the edge of the cabochon as the nail polish can run over the edge. Let the nail polish dry overnight or until it no longer has a smell. Epoxy the backside of the cabochon and place it into the setting. Clean up any excess epoxy and let dry.

Step 7: Slide and Leather

epoxy the slide the to back of the setting wait until it has set. insert the braided cord through the slide then dip the end of the cord in epoxy. Place the cord ends into the bolo tip and let cure.

Step 8: Finished

Now you can enjoy your bolo tie. Your truly nerdy friend will know what it is.

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    16 Discussions


    Question 3 months ago

    Did you apply the nail polish on the top (curved side) or the bottom (flat side) of the cabochon? It's hard to tell from the photos.

    1 answer

    Answer 3 months ago

    The nail polish is applied to the flat side of the cabochon. Once the nail polish has dried then the nail polish side will be placed up against the setting.


    4 months ago

    Nice paint job. Would be cool to try the same on a curved glass piece to get that haunted house eyes following you effect.

    2 replies

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thanks. I did 2 of them to get it right. The first was a little bit of a learning curve. I like the curved glass idea. I had not considered that.


    Reply 3 months ago

    Do either of you know where such a curved glass piece might be found?
    I'm thinking of trying this, and that sounds like an interesting twist to add.


    Question 4 months ago

    Where did you purchase the glass cabochon and the setting?

    2 answers

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thanks. I went there and found the glass cabs.


    Answer 4 months ago

    Kinsley North sells a lot of findings. Also Rio Grande Lapidary.


    4 months ago

    I want to see if I can do this with a clear center on the lens of a security camera.


    4 months ago

    Hilarious. Sauron and bolos, together at last!


    Reply 4 months ago

    Thanks. I'm glad you like it. I will have to try the design with some other color options.