Water Filtration Vs. Oil Rig

Blog By M. Mitera

With all of these constant advancements in glass technology, some people are left scratching their heads wondering what all of this fancy silicate does. Well thankfully, that’s what we’re here for! A question we hear a lot of is “What’s the difference between a water filtration and an oil rig?” The short answer to that question is nothing! The two pieces can be interchangeable providing that you have the right accessories to go with them. However, there is a long answer and if you want to know it, read on!

Water filtration is traditionally used for dry tobacco. They feature a slide where the herbal matter is placed and then lit on fire with a regular lighter. These pieces have been around for a long time and are recognized by most people. The joint for the down stem is usually also a female on water filtration. Oil rigs, on the other hand, usually feature a male joint and utilize something called a nail, usually made from titanium, quartz, or ceramic. This nail must be heated with a high powered butane torch as compared to a regular lighter, although there are electronic nails available if this part is a bit much for you (electric nails also provide the perfect temperature every time). You then place your concentrates on the nail after it has cooled off slightly. This process vaporizes the concentrate, providing a more flavorful and less harsh experience.

When it comes to water filtration pieces, size is totally up to you. In fact, with these guys, the bigger the better. More percolators mean that the smoke gets cooled more before reaching your lungs, providing a smoother hit of your tobacco. The multiple percs also filter out more toxins in the smoke, leaving less of the bad stuff in your lungs. With oil rigs, smaller is actually better. Since the process is vaporizing, the smoke cannot travel long distances and hold it’s flavor and potency. When choosing an oil rig, the smaller, the better.

Of course, you can absolutely use the same piece for both. Again, as long as you have the appropriate attachments, you can use your glass for either simple water filtration or for an oil rig. It is highly recommended that if you are switching back and forth between the functions that you thoroughly clean the glass between each use. Each process is different and can leave different residues on your glass, leaving a severely sticky mess if you don’t take care of it quickly!

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at m@spider-bite.com and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

A Brief History Of Glass Art

Glass has been used for thousands of years for form and function. One of the best things about glass is that it can be made to be a usable form of art. This concept has captured the imaginations of artists and glass blowers and has opened a new world to the art of glass making.

Traditionally, glass has been used to make beads, bottles, windows, table tops and other useful items. From ancient Egypt, ancient Rome and ancient China, glass making can be found in all these cultures. The earliest instance of glass making was discovered in Jerusalem. The glass found there was made sometime between 37 BC and 4 BC. Through the ages, the highly valuable skill of glass making was passed down from generation to generation, slowly spreading all over the world. During the 1800’s the art of stained glass became extremely popular with Tiffany lamps and Victorian stained glass windows. Glass has always been a great medium for art, allowing it to be worked into the everyday life.

As glass blowing evolved over time, another use for the art came to light; the glass pipe. The glass pipe, made for smoking, became popular in the 1960’s. The grandfather of modern day glass blowing is Bob Snodgrass. He developed a special technique known as “fuming” that coats the inside of the pipe with silver. By fuming the glass, the user will notice a change in color in the pipe when smoked out of. Bob traveled with the Grateful Dead, making pipes for anyone who would buy them. He eventually taught his technique to other people who carried on the tradition. He became known as a huge influence in 420 culture and alternative hippy culture.

After the 1990’s glass pipe art exploded. People loved that they could smoke out of something beautiful and handmade, truly a work of art. Today there are some famous glass blowers that create mind bogglingly detailed pieces that sell for tens of thousands of dollars. A great documentary on the subject is Degenerate Art. It details the history of glass making and what the culture has turned into today. You can find examples of some top-notch work in this article: World Cannabis Week: World’s Greatest Glass Pipe Artists Gather at the Galleria Glass Exhibition.

Glass pipes are one of the many examples of how wonderful usable art can be. From turning clay on a wheel to wrapped metal wire jewelry, items are always more meaningful when you know someone spent their time and passion on a piece.

 

-By Dani Peasley a freelance writer and fine artist from Contoocook, NH. Dani can be reached through email at: myrandomcat@gmail.com