Hi there! My name is Cindy Pope. I am from Portland, Oregon where I have lived for 11 years. I am a recovering Certified Public Accountant turned Jewelry Designer. My Favorite Machine is the Silhouette Curio™. But I have a family of machines and I use them all for different projects. I started using the Silhouette CAMEO® in 2011 .
Teaching, Crafting, And Using The Curio
I am best known for my work with metal clay and the silhouette machines, but I have recently ventured into new areas, like tooling leather on the Curio and etching Faux Bone (a thermoplastic) and acrylic. I also travel to teach Silhouette Hands-on Intensives to small groups of students about in addition to presenting at the wonderful All Things Silhouette Conferences in Atlanta, Georgia.
I got my start when an award-winning artist and metal clay teacher Wanaree Tanner started using the Silhouette CAMEO® to cut metal clay. I saw a by demonstration by Wanaree online, immediately bought myself a CAMEO. I jumped in with both feet and haven’t looked back.
Creating Jewelry From Metal Clay
Metal clay is powderized metal (usually silver) that has a binder and water added to make it behave like a clay. It can be stamped, formed, carved and rolled to create all different kinds of jewelry. Once it is fired in a kiln the binder is burned away and pure silver remains to be polished and finished into fine jewelry.
My personal Style is a bit eclectic. I like movement in my jewelry. Curves and layers and lots of bling and texture. I love adding color. I get my inspiration from every medium. Paper arts give me lots of ideas. I love origami, laser paper art, textures, sculptures, historic pieces and ceramics.
Mastering The Silhouette
Practice, Practice, Practice—it’s the only way to get better. My first few years, I don’t thing I did much except trace and draw badly. When I started watching instructional videos, I started learning so much. I practiced each video’s project or lesson and within 6 months I was designing like a pro. I am still learning new things every time I design.
I tell my students to watch the design session portion of my classes and then practice making the design every night for 15 minutes a night changing things up as they go. Once they can do the project without stopping to go back and watch the video lesson, they have got it down. I also have a private Facebook group for my students where I answer questions and we talk about issues and techniques.
Quick Facts About Cindy
Bagels or donuts?
Cake or pie?
Pie ( I make my grandma’s wonderful Sour Cherry pie every holiday)
Dessert or main course?
I can’t decide, I ove them both!
Interested in learning more about Cindy Pope? Visit her YouTube channel and check out her online classes to learn more!
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