WHAT IS BINKABU?
BINKABU is a small handmade jewellery business based in Brisbane. The team consists of:
- Maddi, who started BINKABU as a humble polymer clay earring hobby in 2019. Maddi is a classical musician (flutist) who wanted to start another creative venture to complement her performing and teaching lifestyle (she might be a workaholic, and does not like writing about herself in third person). As well as making and designing the earrings, and the boring business stuff, Maddi also designs the Instagram and website.
- Tim, Maddi's handsome husband. When Tim realised Maddi's little earring venture was transitioning from hobby to business, he jumped onboard as a designer and all-round helper-er in 2020. Tim is responsible for the photography and the task of getting designs laser-ready!
- Link, a self-obsessed green cheek conure who helps with distracting Maddi and Tim from their daily tasks.
- Kevin, a feisty turquoise green cheek conure who has *issues* and inspires his family to problem solve thanks to his mysterious ways on a daily basis.
WHAT'S IN THE NAME?
Binkabu (Binka-boo) is a little nickname we have for Link. It just stuck, and as Link was the original inspiration behind the business, Maddi named it after him. Maddi wanted to donate part of the profits to bird rescues and sanctuaries and promote proper avian care through the biz, which is why Link was her inspiration! You can learn a bit more on our About Us page.
WHO MAKES MY EARRINGS?
Maddi and Tim. We design and make everything together, at our little home in West End in Brisbane. Our acrylic is sourced and laser cut from a local Brisbane business, but all of the assembly and finishing happens in our home. Sometimes Kevin helps chew the jewellery boxes because that's very necessary.
WHAT ARE THE EARRING POSTS AND HOOPS MADE OUT OF?
Surgical stainless steel, so a good choice for sensitive earlobes. For super super sensitive ears, we have an option of gold-plated posts - please email email@example.com or message us on Instagram to ask for these!
WHAT TYPE OF EARRING POST BACKINGS DO YOU USE?
We use a round, plastic/steel back to secure the earring and keep the bird's head in a nice sturdy position. These backings are very firm and secure, and 1cm wide so they're super comfy!
DO YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?
Absolutely. We send international parcels via Australia Post Standard International Shipping. We've introduced free shipping WORLDWIDE for orders over $150!
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY BIRDS TO GET TO ME?
Please allow 2-5 days processing time for your orders (processing = the time it takes to get your order ready for post. Shipping times are on top of our processing times). Shipping times will vary based on where you live - you can track your order through Australia Post. *Please expect delays due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
IS IT SAFE FOR MY BIRD TO CHEW ON OR PLAY WITH MY EARRINGS?
No. This will not only break your earrings, but your bird may ingest the acrylic, which is a type of plastic. Please do not let your real birds near your lobe birds.
HOW CAN I CONTACT BINKABU ABOUT A CUSTOM ORDER?
At this time, we are unable to do custom orders, although you are welcome to ask. You might just be asking at the right time in the right circumstances. All enquiries and questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
IS LINK A GOOD BOY?
He is the best boy in the whole world.
IS KEVIN A GOOD BOY?
He's getting there.