Beginners Metal Clay Projects Tutorials
On this page you’ll find metal clay project tutorials and guides for new users of metal clay. Content checked July 2021.
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AMCAW Tutorial Collections
The Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) have lots of information for all skill levels in their learning center. Members also have access to tutorials and presentations by top metal clay artists from all over the world. Membership costs $60 for a year.
Craftcast Metal Clay Video Classes
Craftcast has a huge range of tutorials from international metal clay masters at all skill levels. They cover many techniques and combinations of stones, glass, color techniques, mixed media – you name it, Craftcast has it!
Art Clay World Project Sheets
Download a number of great metal clay project tutorials for beginners and more advanced metal clay artists.
Bypass Ring by Jeanette Landenwitch
Simple beginners metal clay project tutorial to make a ring. From the PMC Guild.
Cool Tools Learning Centre
Beginner, intermediate and advanced metal clay project tutorials free to download.
Beginners project from PMC Connection.
Custom Cookie Cutters to use with Metal Clay
Great blog post by Catherine Witherall showing how to make your own custom designed cookie cutters.
Diamond Burst Pendant
Mardel Rein of Cool Tools shows you how to co-fire a genuine diamond in PMC PRO. Now you can fire diamonds safely in any metal clay. Mardel’s firing technique can be used with any heat-sensitive gemstone.
Dill Weed Pendant
Learn to create a custom texture plate from natural elements, then use your new texture plate to create a very simple and elegant pendant. Watch a video of this project here. From Cool Tools
Earrings by Patrik Kusek for Aftosa
Simple step-by-step metal clay project tutorial for earrings using textures that you can adapt. Good pictures and clear instructions.
Fire Mountain Gems – beginners project
Simple text and picture walkthrough of the process of producing something in Art Clay. Has a printer friendly version of the page. Fire Mountain sell Art Clay, tools, beads etc.
Fire Mountain Gems – Bracelet with Art Clay Charms
Simple project showing how to make a charm bracelet.
Geranium Leaf Pendant
This tutorial from PMC Connection includes beginner and more advanced projects using a painted geranium leaf.
This simple pendant is excellent for the metal clay beginner. It features a built in bail that is well proportioned and clean. Learn a simple technique for creating a layered effect with Jewelry Shape Templates. The finished pendant weighs 11 grams in bronze. Can be made with any kind of metal clay. View a video of this project here. From Cool Tools
Ladder Bracelet by Carol Babineau
Combine patterned metal clay with basic chain links to showcase gemstone beads. It’s from Art Jewelery Magazine. You’ll need to log in or create an account with them to see this tutorial but it’s free to sign up. This gives you access to a large number of free tutorials. You also get access to tutorials you can buy for a few dollars.
Make Your Own Cutters Tutorial
Great tutorial about making your own shape cutters.
Margaret Schindel – Weaving Sheet/Paper Clay
Paper or sheet metal clay is perfect for weaving. The woven sheet can then be used for a variety of great projects. This HubPages Lens from Margaret Schindel explains very clearly how to weave sheet clay. Great pictures and diagrams make it very easy to follow.
Maggie Bergman – Filigree Earrings
Well illustrated tutorial to make these lovely earrings.
Metal Clay Adventures
Metal clay tutorials to buy and watch online.
Metal Clay Leaves by Sherrie Perkins
Great little tutorial about how to paint leaves using metal clay slip to create detailed but very light pendants and earrings.
Metal Medley Earrings by Gordon Uyehara
Designed by Gordon Uyehara to complement the necklace project in “Metal Medley,” shown on page 66 of the November 2004 issue. It’s from Art Jewelery Magazine.
Mobius Strip Pendant
Interesting project from PMC Connection.
Beginners project – Tammy Powley has provided a free download from her book, Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelery (Picture Yourself)
This book shows novice metal clay artists how to create unique wearable works of art, from concept to completion. The book also includes a 45+ minute DVD where Tammy demonstrates two bonus projects, talks about some of the tools and techniques. The book includes all the necessary basics of metal clay as well as fourteen hands-on jewelry projects.
Simple guide from Delphi.
Roll Over Bail Pendant
This simple pendant is excellent for the metal clay beginner. It features a built in bail that is well proportioned and clean. Learn simple techniques in forming and texturing wet clay and wet-setting gemstones. The finished pendant weighs 4 grams. Can be made with any kind of metal clay.
Set the Stone by Irina Miech
A pronged setting allows any gemstone to be set in metal clay by Irina Miech. It’s from Art Jewelery Magazine.
Signature Element Metal Clay Project
In the words of designer, jeweler and PMC® master Tim McCreight, “Every material has its special properties and one of the tasks inherent to each of us as artists is to figure out how to make the best use of those properties.” Some paintings lend themselves to watercolors, others call for oils. Some sculptures are carved in marble, others are forged from metal. This project challenges you to see Precious Metal Clay as a signature element no matter what the preferred medium may be.
Silver Buttons by Tim McCreight
Great little tutorial to make silver buttons for your favourite clothes.
The Silver Goddess by Louise Duhamel
Indulge your creativity with a personalized metal clay pendant. It’s from Art Jewelery Magazine.
Simple Dangle Earrings by PMC Connection
The design of these textured earrings allow you to add a wide combination of beads or additions. Great for beginners. From PMC Connection.
Simple Silver Earrings
Beginners project from PMC Connection.
Spiral Earrings by PMC Studio France
Nice simple project from PMC Studio France. Perfect for beginners.
Spired Tendrils by Carol A Babineau
Corkscrew wire around smooth metal-clay cylinders for these attractive earrings. It’s from Art Jewelery Magazine.
Syringe Lattice Pendant
Lovely pdf tutorial from PMC Connection uses syringe lines to create a contrasting pendant.
Tree of Life Pendant
Here’s a terrific way to use silver clay paper scraps. This lovely beginner level hollow pendant is easy to make and uses the odd bits of paper scraps in a creative way. Designed by Dale Wayne for Cool Tools.
Tree of Life Pendant
Project using Aura 22 gold from PMC Connection.
Watch band project
Beginners metal clay project tutorial from the PMC Studio.
Wine Glass Charm
Beginners project from the PMC Studio France.