Like I've said before, with school starting in less than two weeks I fear I won't get to allot much free time to making jewelry but I am trying not to worry too much about that.
One of the things I feared when I was considering making my own sterling charms/rings was that I have NO clue how to work with real metal. There would be sawing and soldering and other scary sounding procedures that I have no experience with other than admiring finished pieces. But with clay I feel extremely experienced. In high school I had an addiction to making things out of Sculpey (http://www.sculpey.com/). It doesn't really fit the style of jewelry I'm going for now, which is why I haven't worked with it since I was younger, but I used it for years and have a lot of experience with molding small things out of clay.
So as you can see, I'm pretty excited. Now comes the compulsive tracking of this kit's shipping status.