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  • Looking Back Pendant Looking Back Pendant

    Looking Back Pendant

    $4.00$18.00
    The Adinkra  symbol Sankofa is  a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward with its head turned backwards. Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana.  The literal translation of the word and the symbol is it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”  The Akan believe the past serves as a guide for planning the future. To the Akan, it is this wisdom in learning from the past which ensures a strong future. These are a variety of the Sankofa as pendants found in the Bead Markets of Ghana, W.Africa during Funky Frog's many Bead Hunts over the years.  
  • Elephant Pendant Elephant Pendant
    Beautiful Lost Wax Brass Elephant Pendants.... handmade for Funky Frog by the Kokofrom guys in Kumasi. When you think of Africa you think of Elephants! "Elephants are highly intelligent animals with complex emotions, feelings, compassion and self-awareness (elephants are one of very few species to recognize themselves in a mirror!). The gestation period of an elephant is 22 months. That's almost 2 years, the longest pregnancy of any mammal! And they are the largest land animal on earth!" (Thanks, Google) These elephants have a quirky naive quality to them ...
  • Filligree Bird Pendant Necklace Filligree Bird Pendant
    Due to popular demand we had these Filligree Birds handmade by the Kokofrom Gang in Kumasi so we could have them back in stock. The birds are quite quirky and have a naive quality. They  are 2 1/2" long... Need an idea how to use them? Check out Funky Frog's Bird necklace in the second photo! Ghana is famous for  Lost Wax Brass beads.... The process these metal smiths are using is the same as their ancestors... back then it was gold now it is any metal they can get their hands on!! If you would like to see the intricate process check out the blog here ...    
  • Rustic medium  heavy Brass  Ring found in the Tamale Market in Ghana.  The rings vary from about 19-24mm on the inside. The ring itself is quite thick about 5mm in diameter. The rings are  handmade so there is a variation in shape and size between them. Please contact us if you would like a specific ring or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • Twisted Design Rustic Copper  Ring found in the Tamale Market in Ghana.  The ring is about 19mm on the inside. The ring itself is quite fine about 2mm in diameter. The rings are  handmade so there is a variation in shape and size between them. Please contact us if you would like a specific ring or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • A medium rustic metal ring found in the Tamale Market in Ghana. The Trader said it is a bracelet worn high up on the arm. The ring is about 3" in diameter and is handmade so there is a variation in design and size between the bracelets. Please contact us if you would like a specific bracelet or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • There is a small village, Kokofrom just outside Kumasi, Ghana where there are artisans who make lost wax brass beads in the same way as their ancestors. These brass disk were made for Funky Frog. The brass disks are great spacers and give the project something a bit different.  The artisans use whatever scrap metal they can get their hands on from old taps to pipes to .. but they call it 'brass'. 10 disks / $7  
  • A small rustic metal ring found in the Tamale Market in Ghana. The Trader said it is a bracelet worn high up on the arm. The ring is about 1.5" in diameter and is handmade so there is a variation in design and size between the bracelets.
  • Ornate engraved silver metal ring found in the Tamale Market in Ghana.  The ring varies in size from about 18mm to 23 mm in diameter on the inside. The rings are flat with the engravings cover 3/4 of the surface.  The rings are  handmade so there is a variation in design and size between the bracelets. Please contact us if you would like a specific ring or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • Silver metal ring with a flat engraved top found in the Tamale Market in Ghana.  The ring varies in size from about 23mm to 25 mm in diameter on the inside. This ring is quite thick with the ring itself about 5mm thick. The rings are  handmade so there is a variation in design and size between them. Please contact us if you would like a specific ring or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • Plain Silver Metal Ring found in the Tamale Market in Ghana.  The ring varies in size from about 20mm to 23 mm in diameter on the inside. The rings are  handmade so there is a variation in shape and size between them. Please contact us if you would like a specific ring or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • A large rustic metal ring found in the Tamale Market in Ghana. The Trader said it is a bracelet worn high up on the arm. The ring is about 4" in diameter and is handmade so there is a variation between the bracelets. Please contact us if you would like a specific bracelet or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • There is a small village, Kokofrom just outside Kumasi, Ghana where there are artisans who make lost wax brass beads in the same way as their ancestors. I asked them to create some closures for Funky Frog and this was the most exotic one! Each half of the closure is about 35mm. The closures are hand made so will vary in size and shape. The artisans use whatever scrap metal they can get their hands on form old taps to pipes to .. but they call it 'brass'.  
  • There is a small village, Kokofrom just outside Kumasi, Ghana where there are artisans who make lost wax brass beads in the same way as their ancestors. I asked them to make some closures for me. The whole look which is a bit rough and earthy goes perfectly with the African Beads.  The artisans use whatever scrap metal they can get their hands on form old taps to pipes to .. but they call it 'brass'. There are two sizes of these closures; small and large. This is the large closure. The hook is 23mm and the eye is 14mm.  
  • There is a small village, Kokofrom just outside Kumasi, Ghana where there are artisans who make lost wax brass beads in the same way as their ancestors. These brass disk were made for Funky Frog. The brass disks are great spacers and give the project something a bit different. (in the photos is a necklace to show you one of the ways to use the disks)  The artisans use whatever scrap metal they can get their hands on form old taps to pipes to .. but they call it 'brass'. 10 disks / $7  
  • There is a small village, Kokofrom just outside Kumasi, Ghana where there are Artisans who make lost wax brass beads in the same way as their ancestors. This copper spacer was made for Funky Frog. The copper spacer is about 3 mm.  The artisans use whatever scrap metal they can get their hands on from old taps to pipes to .. but they call it 'brass'. $5 /10 heishi  
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    Funky Frog gets a lot of brass beads from the Kokofrom Cooperative outside Kumasi. These extra large brass heishi or spacer beads were made especially for Funky Frog . The process these metal smiths are using is the same as their ancestors... back then it was gold now it is any metal they can get their hands on!! If you would like to see the intricate process check out the blog here ... The brass spacer beads are 18mm. $2 /bead
  • Rustic  Brass  Ring found in the Tamale Market in Ghana.  The rings vary from about 19-24mm on the inside. The ring itself is flat about 4x1mm in diameter. The rings are  handmade so there is a variation in shape and size between them. Please contact us if you would like a specific ring or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • Rustic  Brass  Ring with a engraved line design found in the Tamale Market in Ghana.  The rings vary from about 19-23mm on the inside. The ring itself is flat about 4x1mm in diameter. The rings are  handmade so there is a variation in shape and size between them. Please contact us if you would like a specific ring or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • During 2018 Bead Hunt Funky Frog made a big order from the Kokofrom Cooperative outside Kumasi. These rods and eyes were made especially for Funky Frog . The process these metal smiths are using is the same as their ancestors... back then it was gold now it is any metal they can get their hands on!! If you would like to see the intricate process check out the blog here ... The brass rods are 22x7 mm and the eyes are 19 mm. $4/hook + eye
  • Rustic heavy Brass  Ring found in the Tamale Market in Ghana.  The ring is about 20-23mm on the inside. The ring itself is quite thick about 6mm in diameter. The rings are  handmade so there is a variation in shape and size between them. Please contact us if you would like a specific ring or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • Heavy Rustic Copper  Ring found in the Tamale Market in Ghana.  The ring varies in size from about 20mm to 23 mm in diameter on the inside. The ring itself if very thick about 6mm in diameter. The rings are  handmade so there is a variation in shape and size between them. Please contact us if you would like a specific ring or we will send you one like in the photo.
  • During 2018 Bead Hunt Funky Frog made a big order from the Kokofrom Cooperative outside Kumasi. These hooks and eyes were made especially for Funky Frog . The process these metal smiths are using is the same as their ancestors... back then it was gold now it is any metal they can get their hands on!! If you would like to see the intricate process check out the blog here ... The brass hooks are 20 mm and the eyes are 17 mm. $4/hook + eye

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