You may have noticed that a lot of pieces in shops say fumed glass or color changing glass. Well, what is fuming? How exactly does color changing glass work? Read on to find out!
Fuming is a particular technique used in glassblowing that involves small pieces of metal (most often gold or silver) that are heated up until they are vaporized. Glass is then put into the vapor stream covering the glass in a layer of vaporized metal. The metal is then incased in more glass using various techniques to create the different colors that you see on a fumed glass pipe.
The color changing aspect comes in with use of the pipe. The darker a pipe gets the colors created by the fuming of the glass become more apparent and vivid. The glass itself does not actually change colors. This is why after you clean a color changing glass pipe it returns to the original colors it once was!
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