3 Day Silhouette Curio Retreat with Mags Bonham & Cindy Pope

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3 Day Silhouette Curio Retreat with Mags Bonham and Cindy Pope

Join us for the first ever retreat of its kind!   A three day, hands on event with national instructors, Mags Bonham and Cindy Pope!   This retreat is limited to no more than 40 people, so you will have 3 full days of personalized, hands on instruction and creating.  Start at the beginning with your Curio and leave with completed projects!   Each student will have their own table/workspace and be able to leave your Curio and supplies set up all weekend!  You will be a pro with your Silhouette Curio by the end of the weekend.

Classes include:  

Overview of Silhouette Curio and Silhouette Studio V4:  Curio Machine and Differences:  Learn how to use the Platforms with your Curio, Tool Alignment, Embossing Fills and More.   Also an overview of Silhouette Software Version 4, and how it can be used with your Curio and Cameo

Etching on Acrylic with the Curio  Acrylic is a beautiful medium for etching. In it’s clear form it magnifies colors. Uncolored,  the etchings look much like etched glass. Covered with resin it is even prettier.  Cindy
will lead you in discovering the ins and outs of etching with acrylic. All of the design sessions using version 4 of the Silhouette software and hopefully touch on some really cool design techniques using Version 4.1. With all of Cindy’s  design sessions, you will get detailed version 4 notes and a video version of the designing sessions to refer back to when designing at home. We will etch projects designed by you during class. We will be finishing our designs with many different coloring mediums.

Traditional Leather Tooling methods with the Silhouette:  
Tooling leather with the Curio is Cindy’s new favorite thing to do. Cindy will teach you how to choose the best thickness of leather and lining for your projects. How many platforms to use and which tools provide the effect you are looking for. We will do a design session which will include unique new cut by line color strategy for, Scoring/ Tooling , Etching and Cutting leather.  You will receive many patterns to use in designing your cuffs but feel free to bring your own. After designing and tooling our leather we will be dying the leather, and finishing with lining and a clasp.

Working with Polymer Clay:  Polymer clay is an incredible medium with properties that allow for unlimited creative expression.  This workshop will provide an extensive overview of the many tools, tips, techniques and materials involved in working with polymer clay. Through demonstration and hands-on practice, you will be guided through the basic information and applications needed to enjoy working with this magical medium. You will make simple design canes and learn how to reduce, slice, and use them in a variety of ways. You will learn the secrets on how to use your Curio as a tool to create intricate cuts and etchings in raw polymer clay. And we will cover how to finish your projects in a professional way.  All supplies and tools will be provided.

(Pictures shown here are samples and may NOT represent actual class projects being made at the retreat.) 



September 8-10, 2017

Hilton Garden Inn, Woodbridge, VA

Click here to reserve discounted sleeping room rate at the Hilton Garden Inn of $139/night (includes breakfast)

Room block is available until August 8, 2017 or sold out — whichever comes first.  

What’s Included:

  • 3 Days of small group, hands on instruction with nationally recognized instructors, Cindy Pope and Mags Bonham.  (After the first Overview day, the classes will be broken down into 2 smaller groups for the
    hands on portion of the retreat).
  • All Supplies & materials needed to create your projects.  (You will need to bring your laptop, Curio and a very basic supply list — most of which you probably already have).
  • Breakfast (if you are staying at the hotel), a fabulous lunch buffet, with yummy afternoon breaks for all three days.
  • Door prizes and Goodie bags
  • Free WiFi throughout the Conference center & sleeping rooms
  • Free Parking
  • Lots of fun, friendship and learning!


SPACE IS LIMITED!  —  This event is SOLD OUT as of July 25, 2017

Classes will begin at 9am on Friday and run through 5:00 each day.  (We may finish up a little early on Sunday afternoon — to allow for those who are flying).

The Classroom will be open on Saturday evening after dinner, (from 7-9) if you would like to come back for an open work session.  

The nearest airport, if you are flying in, is Reagan National (DCA).  


Mags Bonham is an internationally recognized polymer clay artist who has worked with the medium for over 16 years. Her original designs have been exhibited and sold through quality craft shows and galleries throughout the country.  Her work has been featured in various books and magazines. Her work has received awards in several national and international polymer clay challenges and exhibits. 
She has been cutting polymer clay with digital cutters for over 5 years. She is THE expert on using the Silhouette machines to cut and engrave raw polymer clay.  Mags’ classes are available online at craftcast.com. And she is a much sought after instructor at the All Things Silhouette Conferences.


Cindy Pope

Cindy is a 2nd career artist and jewelry designer. After retiring from the accounting profession, Cindy  started creating Jewelry in 2007 and fell in love with the jewelry arts.  Once she stumbled upon metal clay she became instantly enamored of the medium. The sheer possibilities metal clay offers and the changing techniques have kept her hooked since then.  When Saul Bell Award winner Wanaree Tanner came out with the concept of cutting and etching metal clay with the Silhouette Cameo, Cindy jumped on board with the new technology and has become one of the most recognized teachers in the field.  Taking that one step further, she has become one of the most popular instructors for etching vinyl, tooling leather & more at the All Things Silhouette  Conferences.  https://www.craftcast.com/teachers/cindy-pope

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