Remember the days when the old jewelry box’s contents were poured in the middle of the floor and each piece memorized?
Amber Holland used to do that with a family friend’s baubles, admiring the classic pieces no longer worn.
This past summer, a few of the necklaces broke and beads were strewn here and there. Rather than trying to restore them to the original design, Holland began to experiment with her own styles.
When her friends learned of her new hobby, they began to take the Hook Elementary 4th grader old jewelry pieces to take apart and rework into more popular color combinations. Just recently, she added earrings to her collections.
“The beads have taken over the kitchen table,” Holland said.
It has become a family effort, she said. Her mother cuts wire and makes loops. She also keeps her daughter’s supplies going.
Pat White, of White Real Estate, offers new ideas to the young designer.
“I knew she had a special talent when she began to restyle my old pieces,” White said.
Dad cuts old necklace and bracelet wires, removes old jewelry, and puts them in the correct color group.
“There are all colors,” Holland said. “I fashion them with crystal glass, wooden pieces, and plastic. It depends on my supply at the moment.”
She said it takes 30 minutes to one hour to make a bracelet, depending on the size of the beads and colors she needs.
She broadened her horizons to clay. Each bead is separately molded, Holland said, a hole bored for the wire, and then baked for a certain length of time according to the size of bead.
“Memory” wire is used for the coiled bracelets.
“They just snap back in place, rather than stretch out,” she said.
The nine-year-old has other pastimes such as tree climbing, watching TV, playing the piano, drawing, and writing short stories with animal characters. She also enjoys acrylic painting and pencil drawings.
Holland loves her new hobby and enjoys presenting the pieces as keepsakes. Later, when her business becomes full-time, she will start adding to her college fund.
Amber is the daughter of Joyce and Kenneth Holland of Stephenville.
SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-965-3124, ext. 229.