Custom Design - Ring featuring 4 Australian animals
A custom design request came up for a ring featuring the footprints of 4 Australian animals that the American traveller wished to keep in her heart - or at least on her finger.... It was quite a complex task, but you can see the design process on our Custom Design page.
Happy World Turtle Day 23 May 2019!
Click here to get to the World Turtle Day website.
PS: Don't worry if you missed the day, there's another Sea Turtle Day on 16 June 2019
Antartica & Whale Fluke charm
An ecstatic traveller to Antarctica watched many whales and wanted to commemorate the event. So she asked for a charm (to add to her ever-growing "travel charms") which incorporated a whale fluke and Antarctica. This is the design she chose. If you'd like to see the full design-and-make process, click below to go to our Custom Design page.
Custom Design: King Penguin
A custom design request came up for a King Penguin print recently. I've discovered that their toes are much much longer than the Little Penguin, and that, together with the fact that they incubate their eggs on their feet, made it seem most appropriate to use an egg-shaped form for the piece. I wasn't able to add it to the collection, but you can see the design process on our Custom Design Page
Did You Know?
That a group of wombats is called 'a Wisdom of Wombats' - and also can be know as 'a Mob' or 'a Colony' of Wombats.
Despite this, they prefer to live separately from other wombats, although they do share their burrows with rodents and some snakes.
Their pouches face backwards, to protect their young from their ferocious digging.
They are immensely strong shouldered, often called the bulldozers of the bush.
Happy Wombat Day!
Celebrating Global Tiger Day 29 July 2018
International Arctic Ice Day 15 July 2018
Today is International Arctic Ice Day! Let's wish all the polar bears, the penguins and other Arctic creatures all the best!
World Giraffe Day 21 June 2018 Giraffe Earrings
The Snow Leopard
We’re very excited as Bushprints has just added the Snow Leopard to its World Animals Range! Its been on our wishlist for a while now, as we love this beautiful, shy, elusive and endangered animal.
Snow Leopard Print
Snow Leopard Earrings
The outer shape of the piece has been inspired by the shape of old-style snow-shoes – in much the same way as people use these shoes in the mountains, a snow leopard’s large paws help to spread and support its weight as it prowls across the surface of the snow.
Click here to see samples of the Snow Leopard Range - more images coming soon!
Wildlife First Aid Courses: Moe - 16 & 17 September
Click here or on the image to download the flyer for Fauna First Aid courses to be delivered at Moe on 16th and 17th of September.
On the 16th - the Bare Nosed Wombats
And on the 17th - the Macropods - which literally means "Big Feet" - kangaroos and wallabies large and small
The Little Penguins of Manly Fundraising Lunch: 31 August 2017
Save the Date!
On Thursday 31st August, the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW) will be holding a charity lunch at Hugos to raise money to help protect Manly's beloved and endangered colony of Little Penguins. Bushprints Jewellery wishes the fundraiser every success and has donated some pieces of Penguin themed jewellery toward the event through the Manly Volunteer Penguin Wardens.
The Spotted Tail Quoll has just been added to our range! Special thanks to the two women (working in animal sanctuaries and involved in the conservation of these lovely creatures) who separately and independently wrote to us and asked us to consider the addition!
The biggest bear in the world, they are believed to have evolved after some Siberian brown bears were separated by glaciers.
Adapting to arctic conditions, they grew white fur (though their skin is black underneath to absorb the heat from the sun) and of course, became great swimmers!
Possum trails in Carlton Gardens
Walking through Carlton Gardens one evening I saw so many possums running from tree to tree that I realised that what I'd thought was grass damage due to the laying of water pipes or something may actually be possum trails! I came back in the daytime to take photographs of the trails, and then again at night to film them using the trails as I'd seen before. Sadly it was rainy and the possums refused to perform. I'll have to try another night.
Eastern Barred Bandicoot
The eastern barred bandicoot has been considered extinct in the wild on mainland Australia since 1991. Zoos Victoria has been collaborating with several organisations running captive breeding and reintroduction programs. Recently, in August 2015, 16 mating pairs were released on fox-free Churchill Island, managed by Phillip Island Nature Parks. Click here to read more.
Male bandicoots only consort with females for mating. When the female does not respect her mate she bites his bottom or his ears! The bandicoot's middle two toes are syndactylous (they are joined together except for the claw, which gives their tracks their distinctive shape.)
Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary
I have to share this lovely picture of wombat feet, which I discovered on the Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary website and they kindly allowed me to reproduce here. It shows the footprint I have tried to represent in my jewellery so perfectly!
You can see more beautiful pictures of wombats at the Sleepy Burrows website - click here. And they are having a fundraiser on October 17 at Murphys Bar & Grill in Unanderra, NSW - click here to see flyer.
September is Save the Koala Month at Australian Koala Foundation
The theme for this year is “Give me a home among the gumtrees” which we think is the perfect way to highlight what Save The Koala Month is all about!
The Australia Koala Foundation (AKF) has invited Koala lovers to take part in its annual fundraising and awareness campaign. If you would like to participate you can help by ordering a donation box, creating your own fundraiser, ordering merchandise or simply spreading the word.
You can get all the details on AKF’s Facebook by clicking or on the picture - and share your ideas and efforts with the hashtag #STKM2015!
Dingo Discovery Sanctuary welcomes 2015 puppies
The Dingo Discovery Sanctuary was formed to protect and preserve the pure species of the Australian Dingo. This year's first litter of pure bred puppies arrived on 3 June 2015, and now you can meet and cuddle the full contingent during the open days being held every weekend until mid August. Its a wonderful experience. Last time I was there I noticed that although some of my clothes had muddy pawmarks (it was raining) there was absolutely no wet animal smell whatsoever. And that is the least of all their amazing attributes - they are truly remarkable animals. Bookings are essential as seating is limited, and children must be over 7 years old. Click here or on the picture to get a copy of the flyer if you'd like to pay a visit. The centre is at Toolern Vale in Victoria.
Taking Care of Bushprints Jewellery
Bushprints Jewellery is not plated as we prefer the natural properties of precious metals. The pieces will oxidise (react with exposure to the air) over time and can acquire intriguing depths of colour and texture. Oxidation is the natural reaction of the alloyed metal to the air around it, however not all oxidation necessarily makes a piece more attractive! If you find your piece is appearing dull and tarnished, rather than richer and more intriguing, and wish to restore it to its original shiny look, simply rub gently with a soft cloth to which you have added a small amount of silver or gold polish. Then rinse thoroughly in warm water and pat dry carefully using a lint-free cloth or tissue. Should your piece become severely tarnished, a polish at a local jeweller will restore it to its best. And of course, feel free to contact Gary with any concerns or queries.