Making good progress with Orange-breasted Waxbill’s African craftwork

16 Feb


A good example of one of the early Orange-breasted Waxbill's made from beads and wire. This particular work was made by Sophie. Photo Eelco Meyjes

A good example of one of the early Orange-breasted Waxbill’s made from beads and wire. This particular work was made by Sophie. Photo Eelco Meyjes

As mentioned previously The Rare Finch Conservation Group recently briefed three informal bead craft artists in the Johannesburg area ( Vincent, Lucky and Sophie ) to see if they could possibly make the little Orange-breasted Waxbill from beads and wire. These little craft birds with time could be used as a valuable way to help raise funds and public awareness for the species which now needs conservation help.

An Orange-breasted Waxbill cockbird.Photo Chris Krog

An Orange-breasted Waxbill cockbird.Photo Chris Krog

The project is still very much in its infancy. And based on general interest and demand the RFCG would be willing to help guide and develop the concept , to a level where it can one day perhaps create a small living for these informal sector artists PLUS at the same time generate some  much needed fundraising revenue and  public awareness for this tiny little gem of African finches 

The Orange-breasted Waxbill, with its exquisite orange, yellow, red, olive plus black and tiny bits of white in the hen bird is arguably the smallest finch in the world. And its colour now lends itself to a multitude of creative craft opportunities eg table place mats, necklaces, key rings, wrist straps etc.to help raise the public awareness for a very worthy cause.

More about the Rare Finch Conservation Groups fundraising initiatives will be announced in the next couple of days

 The Rare Finch
Conservation Group is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation and is totally dependent on donors and sponsors to carry out its conservation work on finches in the wild. For more info visit http://www.rarefinch.org or write to the secretary at editor@avitalk.co.za


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SEE – CONSERVE – ENJOY

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2 Responses to “Making good progress with Orange-breasted Waxbill’s African craftwork”

  1. Brenton February 17, 2015 at 01:52 #

    I certainly want to support this project.

    • eelcomeyjes February 20, 2015 at 19:04 #

      Thanks Brenton greatly appreciate your support. Will give you updates as we go along.

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