Bubblers once belonged to the little-known corners of the smoking device industry. As a novel new invention, there weren’t a lot of people who used it at first. But today, they occupy a unique place in the smoking lifestyle because of their utility and style. The utility is that they unite the best parts of the bigger bong designs and the smaller hand pipes. So, you get the smooth filtrated hit of a bong while having the ease and convenience of a hand-held pipe. It’s the best of both worlds!
And they’re not confined to one style or design. You’ll find people using everything from hammer bubblers to Sherlock bubblers, and innovative designs just keep coming up. With this unique fusion of comfort and style, people naturally wonder how to make glass bubble pipes.
The process isn’t as simple as a traditional pipe. It’s one that involves skill, craftsmanship, artistry, and creativity. The main components are the neck, bowl, and body. Once connected, these components give shape, structure, and purpose as one of the best smoking apparatus in the industry. Let’s look at each bubbler component in detail.
How to make the Bubbler neck
The first thing you notice about a bubbler is the neck. And the shape stands out because it reminds you of an auctioneer’s gavel or a small hammer. Hence, the name – Hammer Bubbler. They can stand upright with the support of the mouthpiece. Since the neck stands by leaning back on the mouthpiece, there’s an ideal balance that you need to strike. This means you need a considerable level of glassblowing skills.
Of course, the neck does not immediately come in this shape. It starts out as a pretty ordinary piece of a glass pipe. The maker carefully blows a torch on one side, making it a closed-end. This closed end of the pipe becomes the main stem from which the pipe takes shape.
The closed-end takes on a bulb-shape as the maker torches the edges evenly. The maker attaches the closed end to a thinner tube that behaves like the bulb’s holder. It allows him to maneuver and move the bulb evenly over the torch. This maker removes and re-attaches this ‘holder’ as he works on different parts of the pipe.
The creator focuses the torch on the center of the bulb, in the same way he works with a regular glass pipe. This move can make the mouthpiece narrower so that it stands out from the other parts of the stem. The heat also allows him to pull and stretch the neck into the shape and length he desires.
Next, the maker will need a pair of heavy-duty pliers that can punch holes in the sphere. Once the spherical end gets the opening, they’ll snip off the unwanted glass parts still attached to the stem. This will create a flat edge on one side, where the body will join the contraption.
How to make the Bubbler Body
For the bubbler’s body, the creators use a glass piece that is bigger than the neck. The body needs to have two main parts – the bowl and the bottom (can). One end gets torched into closing up, which becomes the bowl. The other end gets heated and melted so that it can be molded into the right size. Once it reaches the desired length,shape and size, this end is also closed off. The maker then directs the glassblower towards the bowl so that the base of the can becomes enlarged and expanded. They will then roll this part against a slab to fashion it into the envisioned shape.
The creator then attaches a handle below the can. Since the glass is still malleable by heat, it can pull down the bottom till they find the right shape and height. The bowl’s end gets torched by the glassblower and reshaped into a sphere. Then, a small hole is made on the side, which will later become the blower’s carb hole.
How to make the bowl
For anyone wondering how to make a glass bubbler pipe, the bowl is probably one of the most interesting bits. The method is sometimes called a ‘Bowl Push.’ The maker uses the glassblower to push into the bubble. Then, using a metal tool, he can create the shape and indentation needed to hold the herbs. After this, he will attach the downstem. It’s a diffused glass piece that acts as the connector between the bubbler’s water base and the bowl. Normally, he’ll use a smaller torch to connect the downstem because it requires a more accurate administering of heat.
The Union of all three parts
The first step here is usually the connection between the neck and the base. A hole is made at the back of the body. Next, the neck is fused with the body at this hole to create a sealed and airtight joint. The mouthpiece comes with a handle which will now behave like a bridge for support. The maker will bend this piece into a temporary support system. And the maker can use this support to perform a resealing that might be necessary. Once the resealing is done, this temporary bridge is removed. Finally, he will reshape the bubbler into a considerable sphere and a flattened side so that it can sit on a surface.
Finally, the mouthpiece gets reshaped, and the carb will open up. The excess handles are removed, and the bubbler will be allowed to cool down and harden. This process is called annealing. It ensures that the glass doesn’t come apart with changing temperatures.
And thus, a new stylish and efficient glass bubble pipe is born. You may just want to know how it’s done or you may want to try it yourself one day. Either way, it’s an intricate process that’s not meant for casual amateurs. You do need considerable training, experience, and the right tools before you can start making one on your own. But whether it’s DIY or professionally manufactured, glass bubblers have changed the way we enjoy our herbs, and they’re here to stay.