10 Sample Projects

The Registry program consists of 50 projects, all of which are given to candidates when they register.

The projects can be done in any sequence and may be repeated if necessary until they pass.

A score of 7.0 or higher is needed for a project to be accepted. 

Here are ten projects that illustrate the range of the program.


A4     Constructed Box
Make a box from panels created separately and assembled. The size should be comfortable in the palm of a hand, no smaller than 1” by 1” and no larger than 3” square, ½” to 1” deep. This box is not required to have a lid, though that is acceptable. The primary focus here is how to ornament panels, for instance through overlay, texture, embellishment, gems, and then assemble those panels into a cohesive and structurally sound object.

      Design                                                 3.0
      Construction skills                           2.5
      Integration of sides, lip & base    2.5
      Finish (including the interior)    2.0

A8    Nesting Rings with a Gemstone
Make a pair of rings that fit together and include at least one gemstone. The two rings must fit neatly together, both functionally and aesthetically. Extra points given when the individual rings are attractive and viable separately. The piece can be made in either silver or gold, and contain any sort of embellishment (including gold paste).

    Design                         3.5
     Precise fit of parts    2.5
     Stonesetting              2.5
     Finish                          1.5

B2    Set Multiple Faceted Stones
Make a single wearable piece of jewelry that includes at least three faceted stones. The challenge is to set the stones securely in attractive mountings, all in a way that uses the gems to provide a positive addition to the design.

    Setting              3.5
    Integration     2.5

    Design              2.0
    Finish               2.0

B8    Dry Media
Make a wearable piece that takes advantage of dry media coloring techniques. This can be a necklace, pendant, brooch, earrings, etc., and should demonstrate the ability to blend colors.

    Design                    3.5  
    Use of media        3.5

    Craftsmanship    2.0
    Resolution            1.0

D1    Combine Silver and Gold
Combine silver and gold metal clay in a ring. Both metals must be usedstructurally. This ring may include a gemstone but that is not required.

    Design                   5.0  
    Craftsmanship    2.5

    Finish                    2.5

D4    Keum-boo on a Spoon Bowl
Keum-boo is an ancient Korean technique used to fuse pure gold onto a pure silver surface. In Korean culture, this was applied to eating and drinking vessels so that the food or beverage passed over the purifying gold and brought good luck to the user. In this tradition, make a functional spoon of metal clay and embellish the inside of the bowl with gold sheet in the process known as keum-boo.

     Design                               4.0
     Success of keum-boo    2.5

     Relevance of gold           2.5
     Innovation                       1.0

E1    Research a Votive Figure from an Earlier Culture
Pursue library or online research into a specific culture to learn about religious or talismanic figures. Using primarily metal clay, make a figure that fits into this tradition. Examples would include a Neolithic earth goddess, a Mayan god, an Egyptian tomb figure, a Day of the Dead skeletal figure, and so on. Write an article of between 500 and 1000 words about the figures and their importance in the culture. 

      Authenticity          5.5
     Written work        1.5

     Craftsmanship    3.0

E2    Design a Hallmark and Make a Stamp
Design a personal hallmark and make a working stamp in metal clay. Affix the die into an appropriate handle embellished with metal clay. This project includes the functioning tool and an example of the resulting stamp, both in a soft material (ceramic, polymer, or metal clay, for instance) and as an inked mark on paper.

      Relation of elements        3.5
      Design of the hallmark    3.0

      Craftsmanship                   2.0
      Clarity of impression        1.5

E6    Stencil Process
This process squeezes slip through a stencil to create surface patterns. Make an original stencil by piercing brass sheet, then use this with thick slip to create three related but unique pieces. This can be a set, for instance a pendant and earrings, or three pieces in sequence such as a collection of brooches, handles on three pieces of flatware, or salt, pepper and condiment vessel. 

    Design, including relation of pieces          4.5
    Stencil pattern (submit pierced sheet)    2.0

    Effective use of process                                 2.0
    Craftsmanship                                                 1.5

E7    Miniature
Select any familiar item and reproduce an accurate model to scale. This could be a teapot, a toaster, a bicycle, etc. Evaluation will take into account the complexity of the object, so avoid simple solutions like a miniature spoon. Provide a photograph of the original object and its dimensions. Scale is up to the candidate and will vary depending on the item. 

     Accuracy of scale         3.0
     Craftsmanship            3.0

     Choice of materials    2.0
     Degree of detail           2.0