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?
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
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February 26, 2017
Cindy is a great teacher. Her classes are full of tips. She researches her topic in great detail.
March 2, 2017
Cindy Pope is my idol! Already taken one class and hosted her for another!!!
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