Over the years, I have seen, used and made several homemade pieces. Almost all of these homemade pieces were plastic however, which is terribly unhealthy, and can be pressing on the mind of a concerned toker. There are two solutions to this:
- Buy your own glass bong
- Make your own glass bong
Step 1: Gathering Your Materials
- A glass bottle: you can use pretty much anything here, but some very decent options include Grand Marnier bottles and the Bong Spirit Vodka bottles, which you can buy at this link: Bong Vodka
- 9mm Downstem/Grommet: You can purchase both of these from your local headshop. Depending o the size of your downstem and whether it is diffused or not, prices may vary anywhere from 10 to 20+ dollars. A grommet is usually less than a dollar. Be sure not to get a downstem that is too long or one that is bigger than the hole you are going to drill.
- Drill/Drill Bit(s): Here is the expensive/tricky part. If you are lucky enough to have a friend or relative who will lend you their drill then you're in luck. If not, then unless you want to dish out 200+ dollars for a cordless drill then you're out of luck. For drill bits, I use a Bosch brand Glass & Tile bit which cost me about fifteen dollars. You can get a set of four for approximately thirty dollars. You can buy the drill/bits at Home Depot, Lowes, etc, etc.
Step 2: Drilling the Hole
Firstly, empty your bottle of all contents, and clean it (especially if there is alcohol inside of it). I find using soap and water works just fine.
Insert your drill bit into your drill. I find that Bosch's 1/2 inch Glass & Tile bit works perfectly for 9mm downstems.
Put your drill under running water and on top of a towel. This makes sure that the bit doesn't wear out, and that the glass doesn't get too hot and crack.
Start your drill at a low speed, going in perpendicular to the bottle. It helps to have a friend hold the bottle so it doesn't jump around. Starting out your hole may be a bit tough, but once you have a decent start then it's easy from there on out.
Apply pressure down on the drill so that it pushes through the glass. Use less pressure as you near the opposite side of the glass to avoid the glass cracking or breaking.
When you are done, turn off/unplug your drill and wash off any glass particles from your bottle.
This is the easiest part of your bong operation. When you are done drilling the hole, take your rubber grommet and put it into the hole. Wet the downstem and push it into the grommet. Now pop a bowl in your downstem and get rippin'!
Here is are some examples of what your finished pieces could look like:
Edited by CrassGrass, 20 March 2011 - 04:56 PM.
more specific price range on downstems