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How Does That Work? Color Changing Pipes (Chameleon Glass)

A Brief History

Although it seems like it’s pretty tough to buy a pipe these days that’s not color changing, it wasn’t until around the 1980’s when a well known glass blowing artisan Bob Snodgrass accidentally discovered that coating a pipe or bong with silver or gold fumes would cause the it to gradually change colors, opening up a whole new world for the glass blowing industry.

How it Works

A metal alloy is vaporized to create a fume that the glass is rotated in until a visible layer of the vaporized metal is on the surface of the pipe. After this, another layer of glass is added to encase the metal between the two layers. The pipe appears to change colors because the metal alloy inside of it contains very lightly colored ions. Over time, resin builds up behind the thin layer of ions, creating a dark background which, in contrast, makes the ions’ colors much more visible. Once the pipe is cleaned, the ions again become nearly invisible and you can begin the color changing journey all over again.

How to Tell if a Piece is Color Changing

Normally, glass will have a very clean, transparent appearance. However, if a piece is color changing, it will appear slightly translucent or foggy. Usually, a color changing pipe or bong will have a yellow, blue, or pinkish tint to the glass. That light shade is what will change colors as resin builds inside of the pipe, creating a beautiful and completely unique piece for you to enjoy.

How Does That Work? Color Changing Pipes (Chameleon Glass) A Brief History Although it seems like it’s pretty tough to buy a pipe these days that’s not color changing, it wasn’t until

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