Another month has gone by, and I have been working with metal clay some more. I have been using Art Clay Silver, which is very nice, but recently tried PMC3 and I think I may prefer it - it seems more flexible and yielding somehow. I'll have to try some more before I decide between the two (but I'll probably just buy whichever is cheapest!).
I have made the magpie necklace again, this time using amethyst instead of coral. I like the result - here are some pictures.