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 February 2018.

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Art Clay World Project Sheets

Download a number of great metal clay project tutorials for beginners and more advanced metal clay artists.

Bypass Ring ProjectBypass Ring by Jeanette Landenwitch

Simple beginners metal clay project tutorial to make a ring. From the PMC Guild.

Calla Lily by Julia RaiCalla Lily

Easy metal clay project tutorial for beginners from Julia Rai. This was published in Making Jewellery Magazine.

Cascading leavesCascading Leaves

Easy project for beginners from Lesley Messam. This was published in Making Jewellery Magazine.

 

 

 

Charm Necklace

A family friend requested a necklace featuring her children’s names. Use this simple idea to create charms, from simple to the most intricate, for a gift the recipient will cherish. From PMC Connection.

Cool Tools Learning Centre

Beginner, intermediate and advanced metal clay project tutorials free to download.

Crackle braceletCrackle Bracelet

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 pendantDiamond 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.

Dillweed pendantDill 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.

Charm braceletFire Mountain Gems – Bracelet with Art Clay Charms

Simple project showing how to make a charm bracelet.

 

Geranium leaf pendantGeranium Leaf Pendant

This tutorial from PMC Connection includes beginner and more advanced projects using a painted geranium leaf.

gingko pendantGingko Pendant

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 

Janet Alexander class imageJanet Alexander – Free Online Classes in Metal Clay

Check out these great free online metal clay project tutorials from Janet Alexander.

 

Ladder braceletLadder 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.

woven earringsMargaret 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. 

filligree cube earringsMaggie Bergman – Filigree Earrings

Well illustrated tutorial to make these lovely earrings.

Metal Clay Adventures

Metal clay tutorials to buy and watch online.

Sherry PerkinsMetal 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.

 

EarringsMetal 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 pendantMobius Strip Pendant

Interesting project from PMC Connection.

 

Ribbon beadsRibbon Beads

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.

Silver Jewelry Clay RingRing

Simple guide from Delphi.

 

Roll over pendantRoll 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. From Cool Tools

 

Shell necklaceSeashell Necklace

This beautiful necklace is surprisingly simple to construct. Use a pre-made mold or create your own for a striking piece. From PMC Connection.

 

Stone set pendant

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.

 

RingsSignature 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
Silver Buttons by Tim McCreight

Great little tutorial to make silver buttons for your favourite clothes.

 

Silver goddessThe Silver Goddess by Louise Duhamel

Indulge your creativity with a personalized metal clay pendant. It’s from Art Jewelery Magazine. 

 

Dangle earringsSimple 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.

 

EarringsSimple Silver Earrings

Beginners project from PMC Connection.

 

 

 

Spiral earringsSpiral Earrings by PMC Studio France

Nice simple project from PMC Studio France. Perfect for beginners.

 

 

 

Spired earringsSpired Tendrils by Carol A Babineau

Corkscrew wire around smooth metal-clay cylinders for these attractive earrings. It’s from Art Jewelery Magazine. 

 

Syringe pendantSyringe Lattice Pendant

Lovely pdf tutorial from PMC Connection uses syringe lines to create a contrasting pendant.

Textured earringsTextured Earring Tutorial – A Cape Cod Artist

This great beginners tutorial explains the process to make a simple pair of textured earrings.

 

Tree of life pendantTree 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

Tree of Life Pendant

 Project using Aura 22 gold from PMC Connection.

 

WatchesWatch band project

Beginners metal clay project tutorial from the PMC Studio.

 

Wine glass charmWine Glass Charm

Beginners project from the PMC Studio France.

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