If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco, you might want to try making your own glass bong. A glass bong is a device that filters and cools the smoke, making it smoother and more enjoyable. Glass bongs are also more durable and easier to clean than plastic or metal ones. Plus, they look cool and can be customized to your liking.
There are two ways to make a glass bong: from scratch or using recycled materials. In this blog post, we will show you how to do both, step by step. Let’s get started!
How to Make a Glass Bong from Scratch
To make a glass bong from scratch, you will need some basic glassblowing skills and equipment. Glassblowing is the art of shaping molten glass using a blowpipe and various tools. It can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, so make sure you have proper safety gear and supervision.
Here are the materials and tools you will need:
- A piece of glass tubing, about 12 inches long and 1 inch in diameter
- A glass bottle, preferably with a long neck and a wide base
- A propane torch
- A working surface, such as a metal table or a firebrick
- A grommet or a cork, with a hole that fits the glass tubing
- A stem or a tube, made of metal or glass, that connects the bowl to the bong
- A bowl, made of metal or glass, that holds the herb or tobacco
- Some water
Here are the steps to follow:
- Cut the glass tubing to the desired length. The length will depend on the size of the bong you want to create. You can use a glass cutter or a diamond drill bit to cut the tubing. Be careful not to crack or shatter the glass.
- Heat the end of the glass tubing with the propane torch. Hold the tubing at an angle and rotate it slowly as you apply the flame. The glass will start to melt and become soft.
- Blow into the other end of the tubing to create a bubble. This will be the chamber of your bong, where the smoke will accumulate. You can use a pair of pliers or tongs to pinch and shape the bubble as you blow. Don’t blow too hard or too fast, or you might pop the bubble.
- Let the bubble cool slightly, then flatten the bottom with a flat tool. This will make your bong stand upright on its own.
- Drill a hole in the side of the bubble, near the bottom. This will be where you insert the stem or tube. You can use a diamond drill bit or a heated metal rod to make the hole. Be careful not to crack or shatter the glass.
- Insert the grommet or cork into the hole. This will seal the hole and prevent air leaks.
- Insert the stem or tube into the grommet or cork. Make sure it fits snugly and securely.
- Add the bowl to the end of the stem or tube. You can use any bowl that fits your stem or tube, as long as it is made of metal or glass. Avoid using plastic or wood, as they might melt or burn.
- Fill the bottle with water. The water level should be above the bottom of the stem or tube, but below the hole in the bubble.
- Test your bong. Light up some herb or tobacco in the bowl and inhale from the mouthpiece of the bottle. You should see smoke filling up the chamber and bubbling through the water. Enjoy!
How to Make a Glass Bong Using Recycled Materials
If you don’t have access to glassblowing equipment or skills, you can still make a glass bong using recycled materials. All you need is a glass bottle, a drill bit, a grommet, a stem, and a bowl.
Here are some tips on choosing your materials:
- Pick a glass bottle that has a long neck and a wide base. This will make your bong more stable and easier to use.
- Get a 3/4 inch diamond drill bit to drill through the glass. These are relatively cheap and can be ordered online.
- Acquire a 14mm glass bowl and stem. These are standard sizes for bongs and can be found at local head shops or online.
- Get a rubber grommet with the following measurements: an outside diameter of 31/32 inch, an inner diameter of 1/2 inch, and a 3/4 inch groove. These can be found at supply stores or online.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Clean the bottle. Empty the bottle and wash it out with warm water.
- Mark a spot to drill. Remove any plastic that might be on the bottle. Find a spot on the bottle where the surface is relatively flat, somewhere on the upper curve of the body. Place the grommet there and use it to trace a circle with a sharpie.
- Prepare your tools. Attach the diamond drill bit to your drill. Be sure to use a battery powered drill, as you will be running water over the drilling area. Since there will be drilling and glass involved, it’s a good idea to put on safety goggles.
- Get a steady stream of water over the drill spot. To keep the glass cool and prevent it from breaking, turn on the faucet. You want more than just a trickle but not such a heavy stream that you can’t see what you’re doing. Hold the bottle so the water runs over the spot you marked.
- Start drilling slowly. Set your drill to 3/4 of its max speed and gently push it against the marked spot. Don’t apply too much pressure or you might crack or shatter the glass. Keep drilling until you break through the other side of the bottle.
- Insert the grommet into the hole. Push it in firmly until it fits snugly and securely.
- Insert the stem into the grommet. Make sure it fits snugly and securely.
- Add the bowl to the end of the stem. You can use any bowl that fits your stem, as long as it is made of metal or glass. Avoid using plastic or wood, as they might melt or burn.
- Fill the bottle with water. The water level should be above the bottom of the stem, but below the hole in the neck.
- Test your bong. Light up some herb or tobacco in the bowl and inhale from the mouthpiece of the bottle. You should see smoke filling up the bottle and bubbling through the water. Enjoy!
Making your own glass bong can be a fun and rewarding project. You can either make one from scratch using glassblowing techniques, or use recycled materials and a drill bit. Either way, you will end up with a unique and functional device that will enhance your smoking experience.
We hope this blog post has given you some useful tips and instructions on how to make your own glass bong. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Happy smoking!