The cranes are
laminated with a light glaze to harden the paper, creating an ornament that is
durable and permanent. A jewel and wire is attached to the cranes, allowing the
crane to hang from a branch or a gift.
The crane motif
is an ancient symbol in marriages in Japan, symbolizing fidelity, prosperity and
longevity. In Japan the crane is known as 'the bird of happiness'. The Chinese
believe that cranes are symbols of wisdom. There is an association of the crane
with celebration of peace and prayers for those lost in war. The crane is also
associated with poets. Greek and Roman myths portray the dance of cranes as a
love of joy and a celebration of life. The crane is the bird of Apollo, the Sun
God. Apollo disguised himself as a crane when on visits to the mortal world.
is a perfect gift to commemorate celebrations. These treasures are well received
for a wedding, housewarming, graduation, job promotion, or any life celebrations.
Celebrate the discovery of a unique heirloom art piece for your own personal collection.
hand painted special occasion glass should be cleaned by hand washing only.The
glass paint is from France and is durable, permanent, and non-toxic. The paint
is fused onto the glass by heat setting.
Nancy McNally is
a multimedia fine arts painter, theater set designer, costumer, fabric painter,
gardener, caterer, life long artist, and a native of San Francisco. She first
made origami cranes for a wedding she catered in 1978. The wedding party was for
friends with a limited budget. They requested something colorful and artistic
for their tabletops that would add a festive appearance. Nancy hired her children
to help make hundreds of origami cranes. Her artistic children, Jaime and Natalia,
instructed Nancy how to make the cranes when they were preteens.
Nancy is the founder
of the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park, and annually donates
art for AIDS agencies art auctions since 1987. Her paintings are available for
sale and will be on view on another website that is under construction. Nancy
has always enjoyed creating crafts for sale, allowing people to purchase art work
that is affordable for everyone. She owned a hand painted silk scarf business
for 20 years, selling her fabric art throughout the world. She retired the fabric
business and began the glass painting business in 1998. In 2002 Nancy decided
to explore origami again and recently began to laminate the cranes making them
permanent and functional holiday ornaments for celebrations throughout the year.
Origami cranes fashioned into mobiles is her 2004 addition to the Nancy McNally
array of crafts available for elegant celebratory decor.
2004 Nancy McNally
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