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The In Box by Susan Martin

Whether it’s a piece of sculpture for the garden or an accent for inside the home, an instrument-playing figure delivers plenty of charm. Frogs are the key players but other creatures can be found as well. They don’t actually play, naturally, at least in the daytime. Who knows what happens after the family turns in at night. Let’s rock.

Pop stand: The Bottle Cap Drummer, one in a handmade collection by artisans in South Africa, stands 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide. Priced $16 from Ten Thousand Villages, Williamsville, and at, where you can check store availability. There’s also a Bottle Cap Guitarist and Bottle Cap Singer.

2. All ears: Musical figure is made from 5/16-inch steel plate; it stands 38 inches tall and 28 inches wide and is priced $275. Handcrafted by Dale Anderson, of Junktures in Forestville, who will be at the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts Aug. 23-24.

1.Fab four: Talented amphibians – on saxophone, drummer, guitar and cymbals – are sold individually for $29.95 each. Or keep the iron Frog Jam Band together and buy the set of four, $89.95. From Wind & Weather catalog,

3. Crowd-pleaser: The Handmade Metal Giant Saxophone Frog Garden Art Sculpture can go inside or out. It’s crafted by artisans in Bali and stands 68 inches tall. Priced $599.95 at Plow & Hearth,

Angelic: A cherub with trumpet is designed to top a weather vane but can also be displayed indoors on a shelf. Priced $229 at Queen City florist and nursery, 4000 Harlem Road, Snyder.

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