By Irina Miech.
Beaders and jewelry artists can easily add detail to their pieces when they learn to use metal clay: a malleable, versatile compound that can be shaped, textured, stamped, cut, and more. When the clay is fired, the base burns away, leaving fine silver. This guide to getting started with the material includes 14 projects which include making custom pendants, findings, rings, and more. Projects are presented with step-by-step instructions and full-color photography.