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How And Why Do Pipes Change Color?

Published by Elev8 Presents on 12/6/2018

This is a really neat phenomenon in the glass world. To help answer this we must take a step back into history. Some of the first glass pipes to come to the scene that are color changing pipes were from a guy named Bob Snodgrass. This guy stumbled on to the fact that if you get the precocious metal hot enough they will turn to a gas or vapor and then fume onto the piece of glass you want it on. Before this revolution there we no colors in the borosilicate world, so the only way to get color was to make your own. The use of cobalt was coming into play and some renegaded artists were mixing cobalt and anything else they could get their hands to change the clear borosilcate glass.

Knowing that pink and red glass was made by using gold, Mr. Snodgrass decided to try this fuming technique. Making pink and red glass using gold is actually the first nano technology known to man. Gold is actually red at a microscopic level, so this is why gold fumed glass has a pink look to it.

HOW THE COLOR CHANGING PIPE WORKS

Basically the color changing pipe does not really change color. What happens is that when the glass is clean and clear the gold and silver a see through. This allowing much of the light to pass through the glass. As you smoke your pipe and it gets dirty from the resin, the black resin does not allow the light to pass through the glass. This allows the light to almost reflect back through the gold and silver fuming. As this happens over time from smoking, the pipe will appear to change color. The light colors you could not see will begin to really pop!

WHAT MAKES THE COLOR IN A COLOR CHANGING PIPE

Some people call this a chemeleon pipe as like the lizard the pipe changes colors as it is used. One of the first companies to ever sell a fumed pipe was Chemeleon Glass.

Silver– When someone fumes with silver properly you get blues and purples. This is an art form to get the perfect amount of silver fuming. If one goes too light you will get some purples later on as you use the pipe. If the artist goes too heavy on the silver fuming the pipe will not change color and you will see this milky white on the glass. Stay away from this as the artist just was not up to par to produce a color changing pipe.

Gold– When the artist fumes with gold you get pinks and oranges. The lighter the fume the more pink you will get, while when fumed heavy the color changing pipe will get more oranges. If the artist fumes extra heavy the glass will turn to gold as the gold is now many atoms thick. Note that to use gold the color changing pipe must be fumed with silver first. For the artist to get pure gold fuming, the piece is fumed with silver and then most of the silver is burned off. The gold will not stick to glass, but it will stick to the silver. Even if the silver is only 1 atom thick, it now has a surface to stick to.

Gold & Silver– When a pipe is fumed with both of the precious metals pure magic happens. With the right combination the artist can get an amazing color green. Its just so amazing how the red and blue make green. We have no idea how this really happens other than maybe it truly is magic. When the artist has this technique mastered he or she will be able to have the pipe go from pink/blue hues to rich blues, oranges purples and that amazing metallic green.

This is a really neat phenomenon in the glass world.  To help answer this we must take a step back into history.  Some of the first glass pipes to come to the scene that are color changing pipes were from a guy named Bob Snodgrass.  This guy stumbled on to the fact that if you get the precocious metal hot enough they will turn to a gas or vapor and then fume onto the piece of glass you want it on.  Before this revolution there we no colors in the borosilicate world, so the only way to get color was to make your own. The use of cobalt was coming into play and some renegaded artists were mixing cobalt and anything else they could get their hands to change the clear borosilcate glass.    Knowing that pink and red glass was made by using gold, Mr. Snodgrass decided to try this fuming technique.  Making pink and red glass using gold is actually the first nano technology known to man.  Gold is actually red at a microscopic level, so this is why gold fumed glass has a pink look to it. HOW THE COLOR CHANGING PIPE WORKS Basically the color changing pipe does not really change color.  What happens is that when the glass is clean and clear the gold and silver a see through.  This allowing much of the light to pass through the glass.  As you smoke your pipe and it gets dirty from the resin, the black resin does not allow the light to pass through the glass. This allows the light to almost reflect back through the gold and silver fuming.  As this happens over time from smoking, the pipe will appear to change color.  The light colors you could not see will begin to really pop!   WHAT MAKES THE COLOR IN A COLOR CHANGING PIPESome people call this a chemeleon pipe as like the lizard the pipe changes colors as it is used.  One of the first companies to ever sell a fumed pipe was Chemeleon Glass. Silver- When someone fumes with silver properly you get blues and purples.  This is an art form to get the perfect amount of silver fuming.  If one goes too light you will get some purples later on as you use the pipe.  If the artist goes too heavy on the silver fuming the pipe will not change color and you will see this milky white on the glass.  Stay away from this as the artist just was not up to par to produce a color changing pipe.   Gold- When the artist fumes with gold you get pinks and oranges.  The lighter the fume the more pink you will get, while when fumed heavy the color changing pipe will get more oranges.  If the artist fumes extra heavy the glass will turn to gold as the gold is now many atoms thick.  Note that to use gold the color changing pipe must be fumed with silver first.  For the artist to get pure gold fuming, the piece is fumed with silver and then most of the silver is burned off.   The gold will not stick to glass, but it will stick to the silver.  Even if the silver is only 1 atom thick, it now has a surface to stick to. Gold & Silver- When a pipe is fumed with both of the precious metals pure magic happens.  With the right combination the artist can get an amazing color green.  Its just so amazing how the red and blue make green.  We have no idea how this really happens other than maybe it truly is magic.  When the artist has this technique mastered he or she will be able to have the pipe go from pink/blue hues to rich blues, oranges purples and that amazing metallic green.See a color changing bubbler fumed with silver being made

Does My Glass Pipe Change Color?

DOES MY GLASS PIPE CHANGE COLOR?

“Does this pipe change color?” It’s the most frequent question we hear at our Louisville,KY Up-N-Smoke retail locations. Some glass hand pipes have the ability to change color over time as smoke fills the pipe, and it’s one of the coolest things to watch.

Not all glass pipes change color, though. Some do and some don’t. So, how do you tell the difference? It’s simple if you know what you’re looking for. But first, let’s chat about what causes pipes to change color.

What is glass fuming?

Glass fuming is a process in which glass artists infuse either gold or silver when blowing a pipe. The metals are super heated and a vapor goes across the glass to create a wonderful streams of iridescent color. Silver tends to give the glass a yellow hue while gold gives off a blue or pink tint.

This process of infusing the precious metals into glass pipes has only been around since the 1980’s.

How can I tell if my pipe will change colors?

Take a closer look at your pipe. Does it look similar to the images above? The glass will have an almost hazy appearance to the color. That’s how you know!

Will the color change last on my fumed glass pipe?

The simple answer is no. The more you smoke from your pipe the more the color change will appear. Deep blues, pinks, purples, and yellows. Once you clean your pipe the color will go back to normal so that you can start all over again!

Where can I get a color changing glass pipe?

Color changing glass hand pipes are some of the most popular styles we sell at Up-N-Smoke in Louisville, KY. Stop by one of our five retail locations and ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to show you the selection. You can also shop here for a glass pipe. All orders over $10 have free and discreet shipping.

DOES MY GLASS PIPE CHANGE COLOR? "Does this pipe change color?" It's the most frequent question we hear at our Louisville,KY Up-N-Smoke retail locations. Some glass hand pipes have the ability to change color over time as smoke fills the pipe, and it's one of the coolest things to watch. Not all glass pipes change col