What started as a hobby when she was younger turned out to be a craft that would make her a respected name in the industry. Joyce Makitalo, jewelry designer and homeschooling mom to 3 kids, tells us how to hone that gift in children:
1. As a youngster, how did your talent in design manifest? I was always asked to draw for my classmates when there were projects that require illustration. I doodled a lot during class, and some of my friends would buy an illustration board for me to doodle on, which they kept afterwards. I think my doodling paid off!
2. When is it appropriate for kids to wear jewelry? I would recommend only crafty jewelry until age twelve. I remember losing a few pairs of gold earrings as a kid, and it made me feel awful.
3. What materials should jewelry for kids be made of? Wood. For metal, white gold-plated sterling silver is nice.
4. Have you ever had clients who order your wares for their kids? Not yet, although I've made a cuff for my daughter. But she has no patience for metal jewelry; she prefers friendship bands and vial pendants with tiny notes inside them!