Earring design based on the iconic tail of the native New Zealand and Australian Fantail. These playful birds love to follow you though the bush singing and alighting on nearby branches. The jury is out whether they just like hanging around people or are chasing bugs that have been stirred up by their feet!
Did you know pīwakawaka chicks are fed every ten minutes, that’s about 100 times per day. Some human mothers who remember feeding teething ba bies, will empathise. The fantail is a rare native bird species in New Zealand that has managed to adapt to the impact of humans upon the environment.
They can live anywhere from coastal areas to alpine areas. Although predators such as cats, rats and stoats take their eggs, pīwakawaka make lots of eggs, many of which will survive and become the sweet, resilient birds we love.
Cut from an up-cycled bottle or window with recycled Sterling Silver hooks.
Earring length 30mm (1.2in) not including hook.
By New Zealand designer Heidi Gilgenberg.
**Due to the nature of the process and the use of recycled materials, colour and size may vary slightly from photo**
Glass sources- Green: Jagermeister Schnapps or Wine bottle. Light Blue: Bombay Sapphire Gin. Dark Blue: Weleda Oil or Wine bottle. Red, Purple and Orange: Old windows (Note: Orange is from old Red window annealed in a Kiln which turns it bright Orange!).