Starting to get interested in metal clay designs?Then here is a free metal clay eBook from Jewelry Making Daily (no longer available) which might actually launch you into this fascinating jewelry making technique. There are 3 projects in all with different skill levels.

The earrings and ring projects make use of different types of metal clay to create the color patterns. The earrings project uses steel clay which I didn't know is lighter than silver, bronze or copper after firing. So the earrings won't be heavy at all.

The flower pin is the most intricate as it uses not just metal clay techniques but also that of origami and quilling!

Not too long ago, a reader emailed me wondering if metal clay work could be done without a kiln. She was concerned about her electricity bill. A kiln is quite expensive but they are the ultimate for temperature control. Try to find out if your city or town has a shop or workshop willing to rent time on their kilns.

But failing that, you certainly can use mini-torches for smaller projects. For more information on metal clay including further torch firing how-tos, check out the tutorial post below.

Using a mini-torch is one thing. But did you ever wonder as I did how to add more fuel to one? Here is Art Jewelry's helpful video tutorial on how to refill a butane torch.

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