Metal Clay And Curio Master, Cindy Pope [Silhouette Spotlight] – Silhouette America Blog

Metal Clay And Curio Master, Cindy Pope [Silhouette Spotlight]

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 and 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

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?

Bagels

Cake or pie?

Pie ( I make my grandma’s wonderful Sour Cherry Pie every holiday)

Dessert or main course?

I can’t decide, I love them both!

Interested in learning more about Cindy Pope? Visit her YouTube channel and check out her online classes to learn more


Silhouette Spotlight is a new series that shines a light on creative Silhouette users all over the world. Do you know someone who uses their Silhouette in an exciting, new, or unique way? Contact us—one day we might get to shine the spotlight on you!

Lauren Heperi

Lauren is the blog editor and copywriter at Silhouette America. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and avoiding the gym. She is a member of the Professional Sleepers' Association and never leaves home without forgetting to lock the door at least twice.

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2 comments

  1. Cindy is a great teacher. Her classes are full of tips. She researches her topic in great detail.

  2. Cindy Pope is my idol! Already taken one class and hosted her for another!!!

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