This neat little papier-mâché catch-all tray is made with scrap computer paper, but it's painted so you could use any paper. There's a nice little tutorial and I think I want to try using a little bowl as my mold.
Soldering is a great metalwork technique to learn. This tutorial on soldering pendants is a great way to try-out and practice your soldering skills. And if you've never tried it, read through and learn some new jewelry making techniques!