Creating Deep Etched Metal Clay with the Silhouette Curio with Cindy Pope at

Creating Deep Etched Metal Clay with the Silhouette Curio

Instructor Bio: 
220 minutes

Join software expert Cindy Pope and learn how to design, cut, etch and construct an exquisite chambered piece from metal clay that’s ready for transparent Cloisonné enamel, resin or other embellishments!

Using a single piece of metal clay and your Curio, learn how-to create a metal clay base with chambers that are ready to fill with your choice of enamels or resins.

Creating with your Curio reduces the amount time spent constructing your metal clay piece so that you can focus on design, textured backgrounds and coloring possibilities.

If completing your piece with enamels is next on your “must learn” list, don’t miss purchasing class with master enamelist Pam East. Pam will show you how to complete your metal clay piece with transparent Cloisonné enamel techniques. Find Pam's class here!

Included with this class purchase, SVG files* of background patterns Cindy uses during her digital design sessions part of class.

PLUS, Ms. Pope will show you step-by-step how she took one of enamelist Pam’ East’s original hand drawings and background textures to create a file for the Curio™. Then watch how you set up to cut from metal clay. Once fired, you’re ready for enamels.

But wait there’s always more bonuses with Ms. Pope. See Cindy’s tips for rolling your clay and how to set your user defined settings including a PDF for quick reference. And not to forget Portrait and Cameo users, Cindy shows you how you can use your machines to create a two part clay pendant. Plus a must see video that shows you an overview of the project including the correct way to measure with your caliper ruler and other tips for clean up and finishing. Over 100 minutes in BONUS video alone.

As a special BONUS, master enamelist, Pam East, has provided her exquisite background patterns* for your personal use.

Included in your purchase is a PDF with photos, notes and online resources plus a class video to watch as many times as you like.

No experience necessary.

*These textures files are for personal use only but can also be purchased for commercial use in the CRAFTCAST Digital Store.

Please note: the PDF is not a stand-alone instructional booklet.

Covered In This Class: 
  • creative designing techniques
  • creating deep etched chambers for enameling
  • adding a pattern to the chambers
  • how to use a hand drawn pattern using the Curio
  • creating a pattern using the Silhouette Software
  • scanning a drawn design
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Silhouette Curio
  • Silhouette Studio software – Designer Edition
  • Chomas Etchers: Original, Blunt , Precision
  • Protectofilm adhesive
  • FS Metal Clay
  • Sanding sponges
  • Scalpel
  • Tissue Blade
  • Disposable applicator brushes
  • Dust Brush
  • Tiny paint brush
  • Rubber roller

Portrait /Cameo Bonus Layered Chambered pieces!

Also, included with the video download, a PDF filled with photos, notes and all the resources you need to get started.

Join the discussion!

Hello! I am very interested in this class, but I saw the Curio is being discontinued. However, the Cameo 4 seems to cut 2-3 mm thick felt and leather. Would the Cameo 4 work, or is it only the curio which is capable of deep etching? Are there alternatives machines you would recommend for similar results? Thank you! Amber

Hi Amber,
They are going to phase out the Curio, but they are still available for purchase. They work great for this type of etching. Since it's the software that gets updated, I think you would be fine purchasing a Curio. We are always coming up with workarounds for all the different digital cutters machines. :)

I have a scanncut. Are the svg usable on my machine?


SVG files are a universal file format. I'm not familiar with what files the scanncut machine uses. Best to check your machine information online. :)

I can’t find a Curio—can this be done with Cameo 4? Someone above asked when Curios were being discontinued, but the response was, “I think you would be fine purchasing a Curio” and didn’t mention if the Cameo will do the same thing.

Cameo users are always figuring out ways with the new machines and blades are being created by 3rd party suppliers like:
Check with Amy and see what blade she would recommend for the projects you would like to do.
There is always a way! :)