WILL TO SUCCEED: Layne O'brien sells her jewellery under the Elizabeth Lane label.
WILL TO SUCCEED: Layne O'brien sells her jewellery under the Elizabeth Lane label. Contributed

Her own jewellery business...at 12

PASSION, drive, imagination and business sense, all at the age of 12.

Blackwater's Layne O'brien has the world at her feet as she makes a name for herself throughout the region thanks to her handcrafted jewellery.

The talented youngster started her business venture, Elizabeth Lane, when she was just 11 and has gone from strength to strength.

Initially she tried to create clay pens as gifts for her teachers, but after that didn't work as she expected and with the help of the internet, she discovered a whole new world of clay jewellery.

Now Layne provides handmade polymer clay jewellery to her doting customers around the region.

"No way did I ever think I would have my own business as a kid,” she said.

JEWELLERY MOGUL: The home workshop Layne O'brien works from making jewellery.
JEWELLERY MOGUL: The home workshop Layne O'brien works from making jewellery. Contributed

"I like using clay because it's really fun to use, I can mix the clay together and make my own colours.

"I've made key rings, bracelets, lanyards, and tried to make rings but that didn't work, so I have stuck with the earrings because they are so popular at the moment.

"The best things about having a business are seeing people wearing my earrings and making my own money.”

Layne's range has expanded to include a number of different designs, colours, shapes and sizes.

She squishes, rolls and cuts to create the perfect products from her brother's bedroom, which she turned into her workshop when he left for boarding school.

"It really depends on what type of earrings I'm making,” Layne said.

"Sometimes the clay has to be rolled through a pasta machine or rolled into balls and squashed or colours layered on top of each other.”

JEWELLERY MOGUL: The home workshop Layne O'brien works from making jewellery.
JEWELLERY MOGUL: The home workshop Layne O'brien works from making jewellery. Contributed

Her business partner, her mother Shonna, said she was proud of Layne.

Shonna said her daughter hadn't reached where she was without sacrifices.

"I didn't think she would have a business so young but nothing this kid does surprises me,” she said.

"She is a very mature little girl, sometimes I forget she is only 12.

"She has a big passion for horses as well and most of the time that comes second to her business, so she makes sacrifices most 12-year-olds wouldn't be willing to make.

"It is a huge thing to have the drive at her age to have a business.

"She does get a lot of support from me as I'm sure any mum would but without her drive and determination there wouldn't be a business to support.”

Although she has achieved more than many do at her age, Layne still loves to play sport and has aspirations like any other 12-year-old.

"I love making jewellery but I haven't really thought about it much for the future,” she said.

"I want to be a hairdresser and own a hair salon and be a professional rugby league player when I am older.”

To view the designs and for more information, visit the Elizabeth Lane instagram page _elizabeth _lane


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