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What is Changing or Fumed Glass?

Fumed glass pieces are some of the most beautiful glass pipes because of how they reflect light.  With an almost magical reflective quality, fumed pieces stand out.


An accidental discovery

A glassblower by the name of Bob Snodgrass, perhaps one of the most respected and most veterans in the industry.  Bob accidentally vaporized a piece of silver and its fumes landed on the piece he was working on.  At first, he thought he had ruined a perfectly clean piece.  But then, he saw the effect it made and saw the possibilities with using these fumes in his glass. He had invented a new way to color glass pieces.

 

Since then, fuming has been used by many glassblowers is is a time honored technique from around the world.  In glassblowing, it has created some very inspiring work.

 

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