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Broken bubbler/glass repair

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  • Jun 26 2013 07:36 PM
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:36 PM

I bought a Black Leaf bubbler from GC roughly a year ago. I am unable to find it on the site currently so I attached an image that I found elsewhere.


The piece was hooked up to my Extreme Q, tipped, and shattered on my glass desktop.


Fortunately, the piece (primarily) broke into two large pieces: the neck and the can. The neck is intact with a few chunks missing but I plan on scrapping it. However, the can itself is completely intact. I attached an image with a red jagged line showing roughly what glass is left (sorry, no camera or phone with picture capability on hand).


Anyway, I am fairly ignorant when it comes to glass-blowing but I am aware that joints are often blown separately and attached.


I am curious as to how difficult it would be for an experienced glass-blower to attach an angled joint (45 degree) to convert the can into an ash-catcher.


I've found such services online but I'd rather go through someone privately to avoid a lot of extra costs. I live in a fairly rural area so finding someone local isn't practical but I do a lot of traveling and would likely come across someone in my travels capable of fixing it (providing such a fix is even possible).


Basically, I'm asking two things:

1) Is it able to be salvaged/is it worth it? I have zero ash-catchers but have pieces it would fit into perfectly (ones heavy enough not to tip).

2) How much would you imagine it would cost me? Joint cost + labor, presumably.


I know answers will be speculative but for the price I paid, it seems like converting it to an ash-catcher would be a good idea as most Toro ash catchers and such are very similar but much more costly (which I realize has much to do with glass thickness/quality and craftmanship).

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Edited by VacuousCL, 26 June 2013 - 07:37 PM.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 12:26 PM

Most glassblowers won't touch that because its an import. I'm sure plenty of them are capable of doing it, but you're gonna have a hard time finding someone who will. + its probably not worth it. A repair like that could be anywhere from $25 to $75 depending on who you talk to. Sent from my MB886 using Grasscity Forum mobile app

Edited by InstaBlaze, 27 June 2013 - 12:27 PM.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:39 PM

Doesn't look like it can be fixed, once a piece has been blow it gets thrown into a oven to harden it. Even if you find some one who can fix it, it might break again just due to the fact that's its two hardened pieces fused together.

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