There are a number of simple projects that will help a beginner build confidence with metal clay.
Choose something simple like a flat pendant or a tube bead.
If you are making a flat pendant, keep the texture simple, maybe using something like a toothpaste tube top or a leaf skeleton. Roll a lump of clay out three or four cards thick. Use a simple cutter like a square or circle so the shape is easy to clean up when it's dry. Make a hole for a jump-ring using a small drinking straw.
After the pendant has dried, smooth the edges using a salon board (like a soft nailfile) and make sure there are no rough bits. Fire using a butane torch, polish and enjoy.
A tube bead is a very simple project for a beginner. Roll out some clay three cards thick, texture the surface, then cut it into a long triangle using a cocktail stick. Carefully turn it over and using a large oiled drinking straw, put the straw onto the short end of the triangle and roll towards the point. This should give you a rolled up bead with your texture on the outside.
Once it's dry, clean up and smooth the edges using a salon board, fire, polish and put onto a leather or suede thong.