I've just had a fantastic day learning to use silver metal clay at the Surrey Jewellery School! The course was given by Julie Holt who did a wonderful job of stressing the important details and tips when using metal clay. She showed us both the kiln and blow touch methods of firing.
These are the pieces I came home with before I added a patina:
These are the pieces after adding a patina with the swallow in a bezel ready to add resin.
If silver wasn't so damned expensive this could be seriously addictive!