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Framed Pearl Pendant Photo
Framed Pearl PendantSkill Level: Beginner

Create this elegant Framed Pearl Pendant from any type of metal clay using dry construction and a double firing.

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Tree of Life Pendant Project
Tree of Life PendantSkill Level: Beginner

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.

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PMC Paste Project Photo
PMC Paste ProjectSkill Level: Beginner

Incorporating nature into your designs results in some of the most beautiful and appealing jewelry. Almost nothing can match the beauty and intricacy of an organic, botanical object. In this project video, learn how to turn organic objects, strait from your garden, into stunning, fine silver jewelry.

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Trashy Glass Earrings Photo
Trashy Glass EarringsSkill Level: Beginner

Okay, so there is no metal clay in these earrings, but who cares? These gorgeous earrings designed by (almost-famous) Dale Wayne are so easy, fun and inexpensive to make and you can add metal clay dangles or beads if you want! Plus, they include recycled plastic in a shrinky-dink way...what fun!! (Click on the link for Dale Wayne to visit her gallery, then scroll below the photos and read her Working Methods to learn how she is almost famous!)

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Bezel Cup Ring Project Photo
Bezel Cup RingsSkill Level: Beginner

Bezel cups make setting stones after firing a quick and easy process. Setting a natural gemstone can make your piece a beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation. In this project video, learn to make bezel cup rings, featuring delicate shanks, and stunning natural gemstones.

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Rope Earrings Pendant Photo
Rope EarringsSkill Level: Beginner

This is a great first project for those wanting to explore precious metal clay. Very few tools are needed and only a small amount of clay. The project can be made with any form of PMC or Art Clay Silver lump clay, and can be fired with a torch or in a kiln.

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Rope Earrings Photo
Roll Over Bail PendantSkill Level: Beginner

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.

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Dill Weed Pendant Photo
Dill Weed PendantSkill Level: Beginner

Learn to create a custom texture plate from natural elements, then use your new texture plate to create a very simple and elegant pendant.

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Syringe Setting Project Photo
Syringe Setting ProjectSkill Level: Beginner

Glass gemstones feature beautiful colors that can make your jewelry pieces sparkle and shine. A unique way to set these gemstones, is a custom syringe setting. In this tool demo, learn to set dichroic glass gemstones using metal clay and syringe.

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Gingko Pendant Photo
Gingko PendantSkill Level: Beginner

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.

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Diamond Burst Pendant Photo
Diamond Burst PendantSkill Level: Beginner

In this workshop, learn how to co-fire a genuine diamond in PMC PRO. Now you can fire diamonds safely in any metal clay.

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Molded Object Earrings Photo
Molded Object EarringsSkill Level: Beginner

In this workshop, learn how to create a temporary setting for any object that you would like to capture in metal clay. Then you'll make a mold of the object, and create a pair of earrings in BRONZclay from the mold. Finally, you'll embellish the earrings with Accent Silver and add a beautiful heat patina.

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Crimson Eclipse Project Photo
Crimson Eclipse PendantSkill Level: Beginner

Cool Tools Texture Tiles are the perfect tool for creating beautiful pieces of jewelry. In this project, learn to make the Crimson Eclipse Pendant, using PMC3, a Texture Tile, and a few other tools and simple techniques.

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Copper Layered Necklace Photo
Copper Layered NecklaceSkill Level: Beginner

Make an elegant necklace using copper and silver clay. This project also shows using Accent Silver to embellish the copper. This project can be made with any clay or combination of clays. Visit our website at www.cooltools.us for a written version of the project.

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Affirmation Bracelet Photo
Affirmation BraceletSkill Level: Intermediate

Create an elegant metal clay link bracelet using the AlphaDisc Lettering System and Jewelry Shape Templates. The links feature integrated findings that are connected with jump rings. Each link is embellished with 3 sweet flower buds for a clean, sophisticated look. Create an entire collection using this idea with variations on embellishments and shapes.

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Royal Treatment Photo
Royal Treatment PendantSkill Level: Intermediate

Designed by Lisa Barth, the Royal Treatment Pendant features a bezel set faceted
stone with sterling gallery wire and fine silver clay. Easily modified for any type
of metal clay.

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North Star Pendant Photo
North Star Pendant ProjectSkill Level: Intermediate

Putting a gemstone as the centerpiece of your jewelry creations, can add sparkle and cachet to your projects. Creating a custom setting for that gemstone, can help add your own personal signature to the piece. In this project video, learn to make the North Star Pendant, featuring a custom setting made of PMC3.

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North Star Pendant Photo
Syringe Pendant ProjectSkill Level: Intermediate

Syringe can be used for many things when designing with metal clay. The syringe is the perfect tool for creating ornate and delicate jewelry. In this project video, learn to make a 3-layer PMC Syringe pendant with a few simple tips and techniques.

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Drop Grid Pendant Photo
Drop Grid PendantSkill Level: Intermediate

This elegant project employs simple metal clay forming and construction techniques in wet and dry clay. Any of the design elements can be altered for endless variations. The finished pendant as shown weighs 8.4 grams in fine silver. Can be made with any kind of metal clay.

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Custom Prong Setting Photo
Custom Prong Setting ProjectSkill Level: Intermediate

Freeform natural gemstones are a popular choice when making jewelry because they offer their own unique shapes, patterns and colors. A great way to display these gemstones is with beautiful custom prongs. In this project video, learn to create custom prongs to set your own one-of-a-kind natural gemstone.

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Hearts & Bones Pendant Photo
Hearts & Bones PendantSkill Level: Intermediate

This project will teach you to combine wet and dry components, build custom connectors and some basic wire forming. The finished pendant weighs 13.2 grams. Can be made with any kind of metal clay.

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Wing Print Earrings Photo
Wing Print EarringsSkill Level: Intermediate

In this workshop, learn how to create a quick pair of BRONZclay drop earrings using a portion of a texture for interest, and then embellish the earrings with Accent Silver and add a beautiful heat patina. Can be made with any kind of metal clay.

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Emerald Tea Ring Photo
Emerald Tea RingSkill Level: Advanced

In this workshop, learn how to create a delicate ring using only 3 grams of PMC PRO silver alloy clay, the Emerald Tea Ring is low cost and as durable as sterling silver. Create fine jewelry using PMC PRO that stands up to daily wear.

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Wild Roses Necklace Photo
Wild Roses NecklaceSkill Level: Advanced

Create a beautiful metal clay link necklace using Jewelry Artist Elements textures or other texture. The links feature integrated findings that can be connected with jump rings or rivets. You'll learn to use a very cool product called Jett Sett (a plastic vice fixturing compound that you just have to have in your studio) to make a delicate rivet very easily.

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