Dunn’s Peace Crane Project

You may recognize polymer clay artist Judy Dunn for her pods or her shibori beads. Judy also has a passion for origami cranes.

For thousands of years the Japanese culture has treasured the crane as a symbol of honor and loyalty. This strong, graceful, beautiful bird mates for life and is extremely loyal to its partner.

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The Japanese people feel that a person who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted his or her greatest wish. And Judy has a wish.

Judy’s polymer clay crane project is meant to recognize the loss of life in the Iraq war. It is a call for peace and she invites others to join her.

You can learn how to make a polymer clay crane by watching Judy’s new online videos.

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  • reply Judy Dunn ,

    Thank Cynthia for sharing this project on your blog. You have done so much to help my work and the work of so many other polymer clay artists be seen. It is a gift that is immeasurable.

    The crane project really is a project that is from my heart. It has inspired other work I did in a printmaking class recently, and opened my eyes to all sorts of possibilities.

    I do hope that others can find such a strong connection in their work to help guide them in whatever way it may lead. There is so much power in the act of creation, and in the sharing of our creations. Your blog, and events like Synergy are a fuel for that process.

    Sorry for the new age-y speak…..but it is truly from my heart. 🙂

    • reply Judy Belcher ,

      This is a wonderful project by Judy and truly one that demonstrates the power of polymer art. I hope everyone finds the time to view this amazing woman at work, sharing what she knows and then donates big to the Crane Project!

      • reply Heather Robertson ,

        Hi Judy,

        Glad to see your project IS moving forward.

        Heather 🙂

        • reply Marcie ,

          What a wonderful project! I have felt the same way about this war from the very begining. It is interesting how the mother of a young man shipping out in the early days and I had to agree to disagree about the war because she thought I had lost my mind for not supporting it. Years later her son home and safe again, but not the same, probably never to be the same she thinks what a waste.

          The loss of life is terriable but the damage to the living will be of a magnatude not seen since Vietnam. I looked at the dates and we were there for 11 years. Including the Afgan portion of the war, we are into 8 years. I am married to a vet and have known a number of others, ALL have nightmares. Most took 20 years to even be able to talk about it, and years more before they reconcile.

          I applaude your effort. Somehow we have got to get ourselves extracted from this mess and get our guys home.

          • reply ZAHAVA PRITZKER ,

            JUDY VERY NICE EXPLANATION TO AN IMPORTANT PURPOSE

            • reply Benzon shifts to surfaces at Polymer Clay Daily ,

              […] like to think she was working on a crane for Judy Dunn’s project and gave up in frustration only to discover a great new look. Perhaps she’ll let us in on how […]

              • reply Wormy polymer | Polymer Clay Daily ,

                […] Dunn’s clever constructions and her polymer folded cranes peace project kept catching my eye as I thumbed through the archives. Her tutorials for making […]

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