I’m not very far ahead of you, so maybe my experience will be of
If you want to do more reading, Interlibrary loan is your friend.
Just find the books you want through on line reviews and page
previews at Amazon and order them on Interlibrary loan.
You will also find a lot of instructional videos on Youtube, just
search a while. I also find that the newer jewelry books often have
step by step photos of simple projects, which makes things pretty
easy. For myself, I tend to read too much and do too little skill
acquisition. A few tools — a propane torch or a butane mintorch
will work for starting soldering — will allow you to start work on
basic skills like filing, sawing and hammering and you can expand
your inventory as money and skill acquisition dictate. You can start
your work in copper or brass or whatever you can afford if silver is
too pricey. Beth Katz at Unique Solutions is now selling a paste
solder for copper that matches in tone and I’m sure others have it,
If your metal clay is anything like PMC, what info you can’t find
through Youtube and Interlibrary loan should be available at the used
book store or on Amazon pretty cheap. One or two books should get you
the idea. I haven’t done any PMC, but it does not look like rocket
science to me.
Best of luck!