If you are looking for a way to enjoy your favorite herb or tobacco without spending a lot of money on a store-bought bong, you might want to try making your own at home. All you need are some basic materials and tools, and a little bit of creativity. In this blog post, we will show you how to make a homemade glass bong in 8 simple steps.
What You Will Need
- A piece of glass tubing, about 10-15 cm long and 1-2 cm in diameter. You can find this at craft stores, hardware stores, or online.
- A glass bottle, preferably with a long neck and a wide base. You can use any kind of bottle, but make sure it is clean and empty.
- A propane torch, or any other source of high heat that can melt glass. You can also use a candle, but it will take longer and be less precise.
- A working surface, such as a wooden board or a metal tray. You will need to protect your surface from the heat and the glass shards.
- A pair of pliers, or any other tool that can grip and bend hot glass.
- A drill with a 3/4″ diamond drill bit, or any other tool that can make a hole in glass. You can also use a nail and a hammer, but it will be more difficult and risky.
- A rubber grommet, with an outside diameter of 31/32″, an inner diameter of 1/2″, and a 3/4″ groove. You can find this at supply stores or online.
- A bowl and a downstem, or any other device that can hold and deliver your herb or tobacco. You can use a metal or glass bowl and downstem from another bong, or you can make your own from household items.
Step 1: Cut the Glass Tubing
The first step is to cut the glass tubing to the desired length. The length will depend on the size of the bong you want to create, but it should be long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle and stick out a few centimeters from the side. To cut the glass tubing, you will need to heat it with the propane torch until it glows red, then snap it with your pliers. Be careful not to burn yourself or break the glass too much. You can also use a glass cutter or a saw if you have one.
glass tubing + propane torch + pliers -> cut glass tubing
Step 2: Heat the End of the Glass Tubing
The next step is to heat the end of the glass tubing with the propane torch until it becomes soft and malleable. This will allow you to bend it into a curve that will fit inside the bottle. You will need to rotate the glass tubing constantly as you heat it, to avoid melting it too much or creating bubbles. Once the end is soft enough, use your pliers to bend it into a 90-degree angle. You can also use your fingers if you wear gloves or wrap them in cloth.
cut glass tubing + propane torch + pliers -> bent glass tubing
Step 3: Drill a Hole in the Bottle
The third step is to drill a hole in the bottle where you want to insert the bent glass tubing. The hole should be slightly smaller than the diameter of the tubing, so that it fits snugly and creates an airtight seal. To drill the hole, you will need to use the drill with the diamond drill bit, or any other tool that can make a hole in glass. You will also need to run water over the drilling area, to keep the glass cool and prevent it from cracking. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or drill too fast, as this could shatter the bottle.
bottle + drill + diamond drill bit + water -> drilled bottle
Step 4: Insert the Bent Glass Tubing into the Bottle
The fourth step is to insert the bent glass tubing into the bottle through the hole you drilled. The end of the tubing should reach the bottom of the bottle and be submerged in water. The other end should stick out from the side of the bottle at an angle. You may need to twist or wiggle the tubing slightly to fit it through the hole. Be careful not to break the glass or cut yourself.
drilled bottle + bent glass tubing -> bottle with glass tubing
Step 5: Seal the Hole with the Rubber Grommet
The fifth step is to seal the hole with the rubber grommet. The grommet should fit tightly around the glass tubing and the bottle, creating an airtight seal. You may need to trim or stretch the grommet slightly to make it fit. You can also use some glue or tape if the grommet is too loose or too tight.
bottle with glass tubing + rubber grommet -> sealed bottle
Step 6: Attach the Bowl and the Downstem
The sixth step is to attach the bowl and the downstem to the end of the glass tubing that sticks out from the bottle. The bowl and the downstem should fit snugly and securely, so that they don’t fall off or leak air. You can use a metal or glass bowl and downstem from another bong, or you can make your own from household items. For example, you can use a highlighter and some foil to make a downstem, and a socket wrench or a bottle cap to make a bowl.
sealed bottle + bowl + downstem -> homemade glass bong
Step 7: Fill the Bottle with Water
The seventh step is to fill the bottle with water until it covers the end of the glass tubing inside. The water will act as a filter and a cooler for the smoke, making it smoother and less harsh. You can also add some ice cubes or flavored liquids to the water, to enhance your smoking experience.
homemade glass bong + water -> ready glass bong
Step 8: Enjoy Your Homemade Glass Bong
The final step is to enjoy your homemade glass bong. To use it, you will need to pack some herb or tobacco into the bowl, light it with a lighter or a match, and inhale from the mouth of the bottle. As you inhale, you will see the smoke travel through the glass tubing, bubble in the water, and fill up the bottle. When you are ready to take a hit, you will need to lift the bowl slightly or cover a small hole on the side of the bottle (called a carb) with your finger, to release the smoke from the bottle into your lungs. Be careful not to inhale too much or too fast, as this could cause coughing or choking.
ready glass bong + herb or tobacco + lighter -> smoke
Congratulations! You have just made your own homemade glass bong with simple materials. You can now enjoy your favorite herb or tobacco in a cheap and easy way. Remember to clean your bong regularly, to prevent it from getting clogged or dirty. Also, be responsible and safe when using your bong, and follow the laws and regulations of your area.
We hope you found this blog post helpful and informative. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Happy smoking!