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an EASY way to make a nice glass bong

Discussion in 'Bongs, Bubblers, Water Pipes' started by PassThatShit, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. wanna toke out of a glass bong, but don't have the hundreds to drop on a real one, and you don't have the cash for an expensive glass drill? or maybe you just want something you can toss easily, well i've decided to take pictures during the various steps of the creation of my newest glass bong (i've made about 6 so far, all have needed to be tossed for various reasons),

    you will need:

    1) 3-4 bic pens (the standard plastic white ones, not the clear hard kind)

    2) one glass bottle with a largish cap (a glass coke bottle is too small, the lid needs to be one size larger) i prefer to use Arizona Green Tea bottles, because i love the drink and they are the perfect size and have a nice cap... something like this:

    3) a very sharp knife or any sharp instrument

    4) duct tape OR it's preferable to use metal tape, it's basically thin alluminum with stickiness on one side (this prevents accidental melting of the tape)

    5) a small amount of sheet metal OR you can use an upside down coke lid (like from a 2-liter or a 20 oz bottle, you know what im talking about)

    6) tin foil (if you opted to use the plastic coke lid.

    whew ok now lets get to the construction

    1) strip the bic pens, i.e take out the plug at the back, then remove the ink thing, so it's just a hollow tube

    2) using your knife, make two holes on opposite sides of the top of the lid (the one that came on the GLASS bottle)

    3) making the bowl: if you opted for the sheet metal - cut it into a circle (be careful, cut metal is VERY sharp and i have tons of cuts from being a dumbass with it), then cut a slit down to the middle from the edge, then sort of push the two sides together (hard to explain, but it makes a cone-type shape) don't make it too deep cause otherwise the greens cant get oxygen, use whichever tape to seal the loose edge. next, poke as many small holes as you think necessary, voila! the bowl is done

    here is a picture of what it should look like:

    if you opted for the plastic bottle lid bowl - poke as many holes into the bottom of the bowl as you need, then take tinfoil and line the bowl with it, i.e, the alluminum should fit the shape of the bowl, then poke a bunch of small holes in the tin foil too, voila! your bowl is done

    here is what you should have so far, plus the bottle:
    (as you can tell, i ran out of bic pens and had to use a thin marker for the last one)

    4) duct/metal tape two of the emptied pens together at the end, this will be the tube that will take the smoke from the bowl to the bottom of the bong, so if you need more length, affix another bic pen

    5) push the bowl straw up through the bottom of the lid, make sure the straw ends up stopping just before the bottom of the bottle

    6) push the other straw (the sucking straw, the one you inhale smoke from) down from the top into the lid, it should only go down about an inch, if that.

    7) almost there guys! last step! now just seal the edges around the straws with tape, hot glue, puddy, whatever, just make sure it's air tight, poke one tiny hole to the side of the straws, this serves as the carb

    IF YOU ACCIDENTALLY DUCT TAPED THE LID TO THE BOTTLE dont worry! to add bong water, just poor it in the bowl hole, and suck on the sucking straw to relieve air pressure, and since the bowl is metal, you can just dry it with a towel

    and here is what your final product should resemble:


    here is another pic of one of my older ones, made from a champagne bottle:

    well, thanks for checking this out guys, i hope it helped you in making a glass bong from scratch without an expensive glass drill, happy toking!!!


    ps. the reason the lid on mine is taped in place is because it provides for a much more air tight bong, making hits bigger
  2. thats cool dude, i just cba 2 make one at this very moment as im to drunken!
  3. not bad man
  4. If your gonna make one like that, might as well just use a plastic bottle and melt a hole on the side

    I drilled a whole in my glass with just a regular drill, just be patient, don't press down alot, at first if the drill keeps slipping around the glass, sand it a little with sandpaper and it should be easier. Right now i'm making a glass bong with a glass second chamber, like the ashcatcher.

    One question though, I'm using epoxy to seal everything together, even after the glue has dried will fumes be coming off it that I'll be breathing in?, it's waterproof epoxy by the way. And if this is dangerous is there any other sealant that I could use.
  5. My friend and i made a glass bong out of a uge goldschlagger bottle. it was dope as shit
    . Nice lookin bong there man but i prefer the blown glass. I just save up a buttload, get ripped and go shopping for some glass.!
  6. the reason you'd want to do it this way is cause it's glass, which cools faster and provides for smoother hits

    and regarding epoxy: i would definitely check all the labels to see if it has anything toxic, regardless, if you're going to use it, only use it on places where a direct flame wont hit it, avoiding the problem of combustion completely
  7. good advice man , i dunno maybe this should be stickied, rep +
  8. sorry but thats not a glass bong.. the whole point of glass is so your not smoking out of metal and plastic and shit..

    neat piece but its not quite a glass bong

    also, dont smoke out of alluminum foil.. alluminum oxide is a bad thing..
  9. point taken, but i know for a fact that glass will always hit smoother than say plastic, which is why this is more advantageous than making a bong out of a 2-liter or something

    and yes i agree alluminum foil is certainly bad, which is why i recommended a sheet metal bowl, which is what i use 90% of the time when i make bongs
  10. i'm tryin that...now
  11. sorry, missed you recomended a sheet metal bowl but if you really want a nice, reusable bowl then stick a screen in a small flashlight head.. works great. I used the same bowl for my homemade bong and bubbler for months.

    Also, one thing you can try to do but i wouldnt recomend it is blowtorch a hole in the side of the glass bottle n put your stem on there. Be careful with this though because some glass will shatter
  12. the flashlight head idea sounds great, ill try that this weekend i think, and i dunno about the blowtorch, last time i melted glass it was when we melted a jones soda bottle full of homemade gunpowder, lots of shit exploded and their was molten glass everywhere, not a good time, especially when you were too stoned to realize that you were melting it in a a fucking sandbox at a little kid's park
  13. yea the only glass i trust melting is pyrex lab equipment.. you can make a real nice little shotgun out of a test tube in about 2 minutes. just heat up the the side, a few inches from the hole and push it in to form a bowl (the glass should be glowing red) then poke a hole in the botton of the bowl. id the glass is too stubborn then just drill it. Last, melt or drill a hole on the bottom/closed end and your done
  14. thank you and a sticky might be nice, but i dont know if it's pertinant enough to get a sticky
  15. Run a search for a thread called "Drilling Glass 101". It will give you clear instructions on how to properly drill glass, and that's when the real fun begins! :smoking:

    And yes, steer away from foil. Here's some information on that:

    Aluminium and Alzheimer's disease
    <hr style="color: rgb(236, 252, 178);" size="1"> A number of environmental factors have been put forward as possible contributory causes of Alzheimer's disease in some people. Among these is aluminium.

    There is circumstantial evidence linking this metal with Alzheimer's disease but no causal relationship has yet been proved. As evidence for other causes continues to grow, a possible link with aluminium seems increasingly unlikely.

    This information sheet looks at the circumstantial evidence and current medical and scientific views.

    Researchers believe that, in the majority of those affected, Alzheimer's disease results from a combination of different risk factors rather than a single cause.

    Such factors, which vary from person to person, may include age, genetic predisposition, other diseases or environmental agents.

    The chief symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are progressive decline of memory and other higher mental functions. These changes are associated with the loss of brain cells and the development of two kinds of microscopic damage in the brain - the so-called plaques and tangles. Plaques consist of an abnormal deposit of a particular protein called beta amyloid between the brain cells. Tangles occur within cells and are formed from abnormal thread-like deposits of a protein called tau, which is normally part of the cell's 'skeleton'.

    For a discussion of other factors see the Alzheimer's Society information sheets: Am I at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease? and Genetics and Alzheimer's disease.

    Evidence linking aluminium and Alzheimer's disease

    The 'aluminium hypothesis' was first put forward in 1965 when it was shown that the injection of aluminium compounds into rabbits caused tangle-like formations in nerve cells.

    However, these experimental tangles differ in structure and composition from Alzheimer tangles and the human brain.

    Since then a number of other circumstantial links between aluminium and Alzheimer's disease have been claimed.

    • Aluminium has been shown to be associated with both plaques and tangles in the Alzheimer brain. Some groups have disputed these claims and, in any case, the presence of aluminium does not prove a causal relationship - it is more likely to be a harmless secondary association.
    • It has been claimed that the brain content of aluminium is increased in Alzheimer's disease. However, recent studies in which Alzheimer brains were carefully compared with normal brains failed to find any difference in the overall amount of aluminium.
    • Various investigations have suggested that Alzheimer's disease is more common in areas where the aluminium content in water supplies is highest, but the method and results of these studies have been questioned. In any case, the amount of aluminium present in water supplies is minute compared with other dietary sources.
    • Studies of other sources of aluminium such as tea, antacid medications and antiperspirants have also failed to show a positive association with Alzheimer's disease.
    • People with kidney failure are unable to excrete aluminium and yet they frequently have to be treated with compounds that contain aluminium. Studies of the brains of such patients have shown that aluminium accumulates in nerve cells that are particularly vulnerable in Alzheimer's disease. However, even after years of high exposure to aluminium, patients with kidney failure do not develop dementia or the hallmark pathological changes of Alzheimer's disease.
    • Treatment with desferrioxamine (DFO), a drug which binds aluminium and removes it from body tissues, has been reported to slow down the mental decline in patients with Alzheimer's disease. However, the effect is small, the drug has to be given by injection into muscle and it also has a major effect on iron stores in the body. Since there is evidence that iron is involved in age-related 'oxidative' damage to tissues, the effects of DFO may have nothing to do with aluminium.
    • There have been many experimental studies on animals and on isolated cells showing that aluminium has toxic effects on the nervous system, but in almost all cases the doses of aluminium used were much higher than those occurring naturally in tissues.
    Sources of aluminium

    The main sources of environmental aluminium are:

    • Food - many foods contain small amounts of aluminium.
    • Packaging - food may come into contact with aluminium through packaging or using aluminium foil or trays for freezing, storing or cooking. However, the amount of aluminium added to food in this way is usually negligible.
    • Pans - cooking in uncoated aluminium utensils can increase the amount of aluminium in certain foods such as fruits which are high in acid. Cooking foods in coated, non-stick or hard anodised aluminium pans adds virtually no aluminium to food.
    • Medicines - many antacids used for treating indigestion contain large amounts of aluminium compounds but normally little of the aluminium is absorbed.
    • Water - aluminium is naturally present in some water and, in addition, aluminium sulphate is widely used in the treatment of public water supplies. However, intake of aluminium from water is very small in comparison with other sources.
    • Air - some aluminium from the air may enter the lungs as dust but this form is highly insoluble and hardly any reaches the rest of the body.
    Only a minute proportion of the aluminium we ingest from these various sources is absorbed by the body, and even this small fraction is usually excreted in the urine or harmlessly deposited in bone which acts as a 'sink' to remove aluminium.

    So effective are these mechanisms that it is estimated that the adult human body contains 30-50mg of aluminium - far less than the amount in a single antacid tablet!

    The expert view on aluminium

    There have been numerous conferences on aluminium and health ever since the idea that the metal might be a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease was first proposed.

    The medical research community, international and government regulatory agencies and the aluminium industry all review the evidence at frequent intervals.

    The overwhelming medical and scientific opinion is that the findings outlined above do not convincingly demonstrate a causal relationship between aluminium and Alzheimer's disease, and that no useful medical or public health recommendations can be made, at least at present.

    It has proved extremely difficult to devise studies which could resolve this problem one way or another.

    Alzheimer's is a common disease with multiple causes, while aluminium is widepread in the environment and there are no methods that allow us to measure an individual's 'body burden' or lifetime exposure to this element.

    It is possible that suitable 'transgenic' animal models which develop the pathological features of Alzheimer's disease in their brains will enable scientists to determine if such changes are accelerated or exacerbated by aluminium at levels which correspond to normal human exposure.

    Link to article: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/Facts_...o_aluminium.htm
  16. thank you Indiana, i do agree that tinfoil is definitely not the most desirable smoking method, which is why i stated that using sheet metal is by far preferable, because atleast the kind i have, doesn't have any side affects, thank you though for donating that bit of alzheimers related info. remember folks, only use the tinfoil bowl if you're willing to suffer the consequences!
  17. No problem PassThatShit. I saw that you used sheet metal (I don't know anything about that, I'd have to do some research), but I wanted to post the foil stuff for anyone else out there who may be using it and not understanding why everyone says stay away from the stuff. :)

    Anyway, toke on dude! :smoking:
  18. thanks indy

    sorry i just had to bump this thread back up, i spent way too long on it for it to go to waste and hopefully more people will see it
  19. i took the liberty of making one of these, out of a Sobe bottle. but yea. here it is

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  20. nice bongs.........good idea..........and indiana......i think there should be a sticky about aluminum foil..........since so many people say its bad for you and get the response " prove it"..........

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