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A Modern History of Glassblowing

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A Modern History of Glassblowing The Origins of Natural Glass & Glassblowing Natural glass has existed since the origin of time, formed when certain types of rocks become molten as a result of natural high-temperature phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, lightning strikes or meteoric impact, that will then cool and solidify rapidly. Following it’s accidental discovery, Ancient-Roman historian Pliny suggested a theory on the creation of natural glass, stating that the possibility of shipwrecked sailors building fires atop stones on the sand of beaches to cook eventually causing the sand to soon become molten and cooled thereafter producing hardened glass. Someone who has painted hand-molded clay in an art class with a variety of colored glazes, would then know that firing ceramics in a kiln will lead to hard-glassy coats. It is likely that primitive beings tested many substances to discover which
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How To Properly Clean & Maintain Your Glass

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Cleaning: One often struggles to find a pleasure on par with that of smoking out of a clean glass bowl for the first time. Nothing beats a completely pure vessel providing you with uninhibited smoking pleasure, but after time and consistent use, pieces become clogged, dirtied, and soiled by sticky, smelly resin. Luckily pipes can be cleaned quickly and easily using a few materials found around your home or bought from your local pharmacy, keeping your bowl looking and feeling as good as new. Gather The Necessary Materials To clean your bowl, you’ll need to gather three main materials: one sealable plastic bag or tupperware container, some sea salt, and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol with an alcohol content above 70 percent – higher percentages help clean the bowl more efficiently. Submerge Your Glass Place your bowl inside of the plastic bag or tupperware container. Fill the
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Pax, Gpro and Micro G How to Spot a Fake

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Know a buddy that went out and got a New Gpro, Micro G or Pax for an unbelievably great price Only to have it break the next day? It was a fake! Vaporizers are hot products, companies are fervently plowing through R&D to bring the next advancement to the market. There is many the Chinese company looking to cash in on great branding branding like that of Grenco and Ploom, they are looking to leech off the successes of others, taking shortcuts in technique, stamping their shoddy fakes with trademark logos, and selling their artificial wares. They have the factories and know how to do it and there are plenty of stores here in the US willing to make a few more selling them. Some of the fakes out there will work for a time some will break quite quickly, the
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Waterpipe World: Percolaters

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With the exponential expansion of glass water pipes, we’ve seen new designs incorporated as the pipe producers steadily innovate to reach a wider audience. For example, the majority of glass water pipes now include ice catchers blown into the stem of the piece.  These are quite basic yet add a significantly beneficial feature to a water pipe that transforms it into a much more effective piece by allowing you to place ice cubes inside your device to help even further cool the smoke. But it doesn’t stop there! It’s apparent that a sole ice notch feature isn’t enough for many smooth smoke seekers. There have been a growing number of percolating water pipes making their way into the marketplace. These further assist in filtering and cooling the smoke by adding extra compartments for the smoke to diffuse before entering your lungs. It has become clear that finding the
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Toss That Old Metal Pipe, Glass Pipes are Better!

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At Sunflower Pipes we often get the question, “Why are glass pipes better than other smoking pipes?” Regular smoking pipes, ones made out of materials such as metal or wood, have traditionally been used for smoking but they are not always the best option; here are some reasons why. Durability When people think of glass they think of something that can break easily when dropped but with glass smoking pipes that is usually not the case. Glass pipes are usually hand blown from borosilicate or Pyrex glass, this is the same type of glass used to make glass baking dishes or bowls, it is nearly unbreakable. A good glass pipe will survive repeated falls on surfaces like wood or linoleum, even if dropped from a considerable height. Some surfaces will break a glass pipe no matter how strong the pipe might be.
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The Stratus Line

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At Sunflower Pipes we carry a large number of products from the Stratus vaporizer line. Stratus has products to fit a wide variety of needs all of which are sold at great prices. This article will list the different products we sell, highlighting the specifics of each.   Starter Kit The Stratus Starter Kit is designed for use with oil and ejuice. The contents of this kit are a 900mAh battery, 2 CE4 tanks, and a USB charger. The tanks can hold 1.6ml of liquid and the resistance of the device is 2.5 ohms. This is a great product for those looking to get into vaping and need a product specifically to use with oils and e-juice. The fact that it comes with two tanks is great. This allows for the utilization of more than one e-juice at a time. Simply switch between tanks for a
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Why We Love RAW Rolling Papers

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Why We Love  RAW Rolling Papers Humble Beginnings Serving as the inspiration in a grand design, Marfil Arroz rolling papers were originally produced and manufactured in Alcoy, Spain, the paper making capital of Europe. The company eventually disbanded sometime around the 80’s due to legalities. Josh Kesselman remembers Marfilo Arroz fondly. Mostly because his father smoked them. His father would preform a magic trick in which he would light a single rolling paper and toss it into the air. The entire paper would instantly disappear in a flash of flames, reportedly without any trace of ash. This stuck with him through all his life. Years after, in the early 1990’s Josh Kesselman met a man from Alcoy named Emilo at a trade show and shared stories of his father and Marfilo Arroz rolling papers. To Josh’s astonishment, Emilio actually made
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iStick

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Eleaf-iSmoka is a Chinese company that has been around since 2008. Their popular e-cigarette battery mod, the iStick comes in a variety of models ranging in wattage from ten to a hundred with watt temperature controlled models available. The company also sells a variety of atomizers/tanks. And a few of their products come bundled in kits which make them immediately usable without needing to purchase pieces separately.   10w Mini iStick The 10w Mini iStick is Eleaf’s lowest wattage model. It is only available in mini format which is a smaller, simplified version of the standard size 20w iStick. It is very easy easy to hold and transport when fully assembled. There is a circular display on top that indicates how much charge is left in the battery as well as current voltage and vaping seconds. The size of this device is 21 mm * 32.5mm * 52mm. It comes in black, silver, red, and blue.
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Magic Flight Launch Box: Overview, Review & Cleaning Tips

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How the Magic Flight Launch Box Works: The Magic-Flight Launch Box comes with all the features you need in a vaporizer while also being one of the simplest on the market. It is a dry herb vaporizer, although there is a concentrate tray that you can purchase which enables you to vape oils, concentrates, and extracts. To use the Magic Flight Launch Box, all you do is load the trench with your preferred dry herbs, close the lid, insert the battery into the side, press the battery in with the palm of your hand and take a draw. There are no temperature settings to mess with, no ‘on’ and ‘off’ buttons, and no wait time. With an instant heat up time of 5 seconds, you will be vaping almost immediately. Measured at 2.5” x 1.25” x 0.9” the Magic Flight Launch Box is one of the
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Juul By Pax

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The folks over at PAX Labs must seriously know what they’re doing. Following the release of it’s newly debuted Pax 2 model, PAX Labs has released their own rendition of the electronic cigarette. Introducing, Juul. What Is Juul? The Juul is a sleek, elegant, rectangular e-cigarette that promises more of the nicotine kick comparable to a regular, combustible, tobacco cigarette. The Juul measures about 3.5 inches in length. Its angular design is modern, and the brushed aluminum finish speaks volumes of quality and craftsmanship. The first thing you’ll notice upon taking it in your hand is just how exceptionally light it is. The construct behind the device feels solid without heft. The device bears close resemblance to your typical office USB thumb drive. A small light atop the battery serves as a status indicator for the device—green indicating ready for use, white
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Comparing the Pax and Pax 2

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Pax and Pax 2 Since its inception in 2012, the Pax has remained one of the most popular and best reviewed devices on the market. Its sleek design, great performance, ease of use and Ploom’s awesome customer service has made Pax a leading name in the industry. The Pax 2, released in March of this year, has addressed many issues users of the original Pax harbored. This article hopes to illustrate the differences between the two devices.   Size Starting with size, the Pax 2 is 25% smaller than its predecessor. It is also 10% lighter, weighing approximately 90 grams compared to the original devices 98. Even though the Pax 2 is smaller than the original, it has a longer battery life. The original Pax could run for about an hour’s worth of use. The Pax 2 can run for approximately ninety minutes. The
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Origins of Nag Champa Incense

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Nag Champa is the world’s most popular incense, containing sandalwood, a semi liquid resin “halmaddi” taken from the Ailanthus Triphysa tree which gives it the characteristic brownish gray color and damp texture. The incense is also made from the combination of flowers, resins, essential oils and herbs which are all natural and free of toxins. The name of this incense is derived from the champa flower. The distinctive scent of Nag Champa is commonly used for incenses, aromatherapy, oils, candles and soaps. In ashrams and yoga studios Nag, used in the form of incense, is used to promote a calm feeling and has been thought to facilitate meditation. The plumeria or frangipani flower gives this incense it’s sweet scent. Nobody can truly trace, beyond folklore, from where this incense may have possibly originated. But the ingredients are mostly found in Nepal and India, most likely it was originally harvested
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“Quartz, Ceramic, Titanium, Oh My!” A Comprehensive Guide To Concentrate Nails

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Understanding Concentrate Nails Of all great inquiries in modern history, none is more confusion laden than that regarding concentrate nails. When presented with all the different nail options, one might find themselves a bit overwhelmed. Terms like male and female, adjustable and fixed, dome and domeless can lead to some serious head-scratching. Today, we at Sunflower Pipes present you with a comprehensive guide to understanding concentrate nails, listing the pros and cons of each material and the proper way to use each type. What Is A Concentrate Nail? Nails are small pieces of glass, ceramic, or metal that sit on or within a fitting attached to a rig. Nails are heated either by a torch or through electrical means, and then make contact with concentrate waxes to produce a vapor. Traditionally, nails are covered by a glass dome to prevent vapor from escaping while one draws the vapor through a rig. There are also domeless nails, which combine
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Fly away with a Firefly Vaporizer

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A convection vaporizer allows your herb to be heated with hot air, and makes for one of the best herbal vaporizing options available. The Firefly vaporizer utilizes this style of heating, providing a clear smoke, with limited issues on smell or portability! It is a larger size vaporizer, similar in size to other herbal vaporizer options we have at the shop including the DaVinci and Ascent. The sturdiness on the Firefly Vaporizer can be felt almost immediately, and the design is also very sleek, combining simplicity with heavy duty efficiency! To open the Firefly, simply lift the magnetic cover and access the herb chamber (picture below)! The “locking” mechanism ensures this piece will not slip as you enjoy a bowl. As with most herbal vaporizers, preparing finely ground herbs is important for allowing air to flow easily through to the mouthpiece below, where you’ll enjoy a hit that
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G-Slim Grenco Vaporizer Review

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Combining portability & affordability, the G-Slim Grenco Vaporizer hits the nail on the head introducing it’s G-Slim series of Ground Material and Extract vaporizers. Grenco describes The G-Slim as “a new line of lightweight technology that combines the luxury of portability with the benefit of affordability.” Available in both Disposable & Rechargeable models.  First Look: Grenco allows the consumer to choose a product tailored to their budget & lifestyle. Sporting a slender pen-style battery, heating element, and mouthpiece, the G-Slim Grenco vaporizer seems to resemble a mix of a more toned down, yet grown-up version of its predecessor the Micro-G. Initial notes are portability and discreetness in comparison to most vape models of any brand. Even when compared to Grenco’s Micro-G, The G-Slim has considerably less-attention drawing characteristics due to its traditional pen-style design. Depending on the model, upon unboxing you
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eVic-VT

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eVic-VT Review   The eVic-VT is a mod/battery for e-cigarettes made by Joyetech. Joyetech was founded in 2007, making it one of the newer e-cigarette makers on the market. The company, however, seems to be hard at work making their mark on the e-cigarette landscape, offering high end technology and sleek designs for affordable prices.   Temperature Control   The ‘VT’ in ‘eVic-VT’ stands for variable temperature. Variable temperature controlled vaping technology is currently all the rage in the vaping world. Variable temperature control causes devices to work with high power to bring atomizers to a set temperature rapidly. This method of e-cigarette control greatly reduces power consumption and helps provide for a more consistent, adequately suited and safer vaping experience.   Comparison to the Competition   This mod is competitive with a similar and popular product in the VT sector called the IPV4 by Pioneer4You.
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The Ruby Vaporizer

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The Ruby Vaporizer – An Affordable Gem The Ruby is a vaporizer pen made by Vaporite. It is specifically used for vaping waxes and concentrates. Vaporite make a few other products in their gemstone line: including the Saphire and the Emerald. The Saphire is designed to be used with e-juices and runny oils. The Emerald is a dry herb vaporizer.   Vaporite has a long history in the vaporizer business. They have been making vaporizers for over a decade. They are a company based out of Los Angeles. Their products are designed and developed in the United States. The Ruby vaporizer is very compact. It has a flat oval shape that is discreet and can easily fit into a pocket or a purse. It is great for on the go use. It’s perfect for taking to picnics, ball games, weddings, etc. A three to five
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King’s Barrel

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King’s Barrel E-cigarette Juice King’s Barrel is a connoisseur’s brand of E-cigarette juice, if that can be said to yet exist. It’s made in America by a company located in Los Angeles, CA. There are six different flavors to choose from: Gatekeeper, Key Master, Blacksmith, Archer, King’s Henchmen, and Queen’s Sorrow. Each flavor is comprised of eight ingredients that have been steeped in barrels to formulate a special flavor. All of the King’s Barrel juices are USP kosher grade propylene glycol & vegetable glycerin, with natural and artificial flavors. They come in 30 ml glass bottles and are available in zero, six, and twelve mg nicotine strengths. Gatekeeper This flavor is thick and nutty, warm and creamy, sweet and savory. It has  a caramel base. It’s reminiscent of having a piece of chocolate cake or a browny of some sort. It’s very desert like, tastes warm, and produces good vapor. 
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Sunflower Pipes: Smoke Shop Savvy

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  Over three years ago, Sunflower Pipes opened the doors at 12 Wilson Avenue to bring quality glass pipes, bubblers, water pipes, and accessories to the Bushwick community. Since then, our team has worked diligently and tirelessly to curate a variety of wonderful options that extend beyond the traditional smoke shop experience! Whether you’re new to the world of smoking, or a seasoned champ, the perfect product is closer than you might imagine. Our storefront, and online shop, both offer the best value on all you need to get the party started. Click through below to see all the fantastic new additions that have allowed us to step our game up, while providing you with an arsenal of wonderful options.   Our loose tobacco, dip, and disposable e-cigarettes gets your nicotine fix set, or offers fantastic options for quitting with
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“What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?”

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“What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?” It would seem that Fall is finally upon us, but better yet October is upon us. No, better yet, Halloween is upon us, and scary movies are synonymous with Halloween tradition. So each day leading up to the end of the month we’re asking our customers, “Whats your favorite scary movie?”. Stop by today, shop our handpicked selection of high quality glass, and tell us about your favorite scary movie and we’ll throw it on the list. Be sure to check out the list later in the month, as it’ll be your guide to your perfect stoney scary movie marathon just in time for Halloween. A Nightmare On Elm Street Series (Hellen): Wes Craven’s intelligent premise, combined with the horrifying visual appearance of Freddy Krueger, still causes nightmares to this day. Grindhouse (Dave): Grindhouse delivers exhilarating exploitation fare
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The Grenco Science Micro-G Vaporizer

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MicroG The MicroG is an vaporizer made by Grenco Science. It is easy to carry and very discreet. The MicroG is described by Grenco Science as being “micro in size, yet monumental in capability.” There have been two version of the MicroG released, the never version having slight function and durability improvements. The Original MicroG is still being sold on the market. It is differentiated by the word “Original” indicated on the packaging. Both the Original and the newer updated version of the MircoG have a rating of 4.9 out of five stars on the Grenco website. The Original version comes with two complete units: two batteries, two coils, and two mouthpieces. The newer version comes with one complete unit but four replacement ceramic tanks. Each package also comes with a keychain dabber tool, five mouthpiece sleeves, a wall adapter, a USB charger,
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Water Pipe World!

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Newcomers and champion smokers alike flock to glass water pipes for what is commonly associated with the smoothest hit possible, but just how do these wonderful, intricate pipes go above and beyond to benefit your smoking? Choose from many shapes and sizes! This bubble beaker shape, seen on the Striped Water Pipe, is a favorite of many here at Sunflower Pipes, and doesn’t need much water to get the party started! The sturdy bowl also offers a handle which allows you to easily pull up when you’re ready to inhale! Vapor first accumulates, as the water bubbles at the base of the water pipe, as your create a billowing vortex of smoke to inhale. Depending on the shape, size, and composition of your piece, the next step allows you to hold the control of your hit. This method has been sought
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Origin of the Bat Pipe

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The Sādhus and the Bat Pipe A bat is a straight, conical pipe. It’s origins date back to an eighteenth century Hindu group called the sādhus. The sādhus are greatly respected and sometimes feared in India. They  follow a school of thought known as advaita which rejects duality and utilizes altered states of consciousness. Through these practices they strive to elevate themselves above what they consider to be the illusory nature of reality. Their austere practices are often considered taboo and contradictory to conventional life. In English the word ‘sādhu’ translates to ‘good man’ or ‘holy man’. It branches from the word ‘sādh‘ which means ‘to reach one’s goal’ or ‘to make straight’. The sādhus live a life dedicated to achieving moksa (liberation) which is the fourth and final aśrama (life stage) in the Hindi belief system. It is a popular ritual within the sādhu culture to use the bat pipe as a sacramental
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“DO U EVEN…” E-Liquid Product List

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    “DO U EVEN VAPE BRO?”   “I’m done after this pack…, “I’m so over smoking cigarettes.”, “I’m seriously quitting this time.”. These were reoccurring mantras in my later years of being a habitual cigarette smoker. That was until I discovered the benefits of vaping. I’ve met others like myself who have & are well on their way to breaking free of the shackles that are tobacco products. Simply put, vaping is really just a much better, healthier experience. It is akin to smoking but is odorless. It gives us a nicotine fix just like smoking but without the likelihood of health concerns that lead to diseases like cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. If you’re a tourist in the ever-growing world of vaping and are wondering what vaping is like, here’s a quick rundown. E-liquid contains natural and artificial flavors, nicotine (unless you’re
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