It's very expensive to experiment in silver without a teacher standing over your shoulder, so I'm practicing in copper. I'm using "easy" silver solder on the copper, which has a lower melting point than the solder we used in class for the silver. This is my first at home piece made with a glass bead and copper.
I ordered some finer gauge copper so that I can do a better bezel (the bezel is the thing you form to hold in the stone). I also ordered some copper brazing compound which might work instead of silver solder so that you won't see the line of silver. Here's my final practice piece prior to getting my supplies in the mail. You can see I had a hard time with the bezel due to the thickness of the copper.
We took our boat over to Snowbank Lake for the day on Saturday. It was a gorgeous day and the bass were biting like crazy! Snowbank is a very clear lake so you can see the fish swim up to bite your lure! We saw a nice place to pull in for shore lunch.
Here is Steve fixing the stove. Part of the propane plastic was broken off and we didn't realize it would be very tippy. He put grass in the bottom and that held it enough for cooking.
We make shore lunch by starting with olive oil, onions, salt and pepper. Cook those until the onions look translucent.
After that we put in precooked, sliced potatoes and fresh greens. I use any greens that are coming up in the garden. This one has turnip tops, kale and Swiss chard.
Once the greens and potatoes are looking cooked, add the fish. Cook some more until the fish flakes. Then serve it up. When you are finished, take a nap before heading out for some more fishing.