Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Etsy Wednesday Promote Your Shop Linky Party # 29

It's time for ETSY WEDNESDAY! 

Students ponder their fused glass creations
Glass creations waiting to go into the kiln
Sorry for the late start with today's Etsy Wednesday Linky Party. I had an opportunity this morning I just couldn't pass up.  For Heritage's upcoming Scholarship Gala, we asked some of our students to make fused glass necklaces to be auctioned off.  Rae Fowler of Wishkraft Glass Designs (sunnyrae(at) opened up her workshop and showed the students how to channel their creativity to create glass masterpieces.  Choosing from a variety of glass blanks, the students then added different pieces of dichroic, patterned, and millefiore glass. Rae will now be putting the glass pieces in the kiln. The firing time varies due to the different thicknesses of glass used for each piece. It doesn't take long to "cook" them at 1500 degrees, but it takes eight hours or more for the kiln to cool down so she can removed the finished piece.  Once this process is done, the fused glass pieces will be turned into necklaces and magnets and the students will have the chance to name their creations and choose one to keep for themselves.

Some necklaces from the 2010 Gala
These pieces have been extremely popular at our past Galas due to their beauty and knowing that one of our students created them. The students take pride in what they've created and get so excited when someone buys it.  The money raised provides scholarships for our graduates to attend college or trade school. Having personally known and worked with some of the scholarship recipients, I know how much it means to them to receive support from Heritage, especially since their time in treatment has kept them away from other scholarship opportunities most high schoolers apply for. Take some time to look at Heritage's blog and find out more about this fundraiser and how you can be a part of it.

Make sure you link up to the party.  You could be the featured shop next week.

Other linky parties say "NO Etsy shops" but we say YES!!  Here's your chance to market or promote your online store for FREE.  Once you link up your shop, don't forget to spread the word to other sellers as well as your friends who are in the mood for shopping.  Don't worry, you can still link up even if you're on Artfire, Zibbet, 1000 Markets, Folksy, etc.  Wondering what a Linky Party is or how it works?  Read this explanation for help.

Etsy Wednesday Linky Party Guidelines
  • Remember to visit other shops on the list.
  • Because this is promoting Etsy shops, I'm not going to require that you add my blog button to your shop (it's not possible anyway).  However, I'm hoping you will see it in your heart to add my button to your blog; stay connected to me on Facebook, Twitter, or my RSS feed; and/or promote this link party in your own way.  
  • Share this blog post however you can.  We want as many people as possible to look at your shops. 
  • Leave a comment telling the favorite shop you found on the list (other than your own, of course). 

Etsy Wednesdays


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