Jabebo Osprey Earrings
Ospreys are iconic birds of prey and among our favorite spring migrants here in New England.
It’s hard to believe that Osprey were once scarce in the US. Up until 1950, Ospreys were one of the most widespread and common birds of prey in the US. We almost lost them due to pesticides in the food chain that ultimately reached the fish that Osprey almost exclusively need to survive. It was due to investigation of nests by Roger Tory Peterson right here in CT, and other places in the states, that found that the pesticides made their eggs too soft to incubate causing nest failure.
Cornell lab of Ornithology estimates that, “an Osprey may log more than 160,000 migration miles during its 15-to-20-year lifetime.” Here in CT one of our local Audubon Societies has enlisted volunteer Osprey nest watchers to monitor nests and file statistics at the end of the breeding season. Many people take part and have helped with this important project.
Made from recycled cereal boxes, these whimsical earrings celebrate the joy of life and nature and are made with an eye to both. Each earring is made to differ slightly from its mate while maintaining a unified theme. Every time you wear them, spotting the differences will be a source of amusement for those around you.
Cereal boxes are generally not recycled, but these earrings offer a way to do so and make something beautiful. Two layers of cereal cardboard are fused together as a base for the intricately detailed images, which are then covered with several layers of a water resistant finish. The end result is an earring that is super light-weight yet durable and able to take some exposure to water. On the back of each, you can still see the colorful patterns of the cereal boxes.
Jabebo Earrings began in 1995 after developing a technique of reproducing small miniature images that can be displayed from earring wires. It quickly became a primary creative outlet as they won praise among scientist and teacher friends. The inspiration for these earrings has come from visiting nature centers, wildlife refuges, parks, gardens, museums and all kinds of other interesting locations.
- Surgical steel ear wires
|Dimensions||2 × .125 × 2 in|