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Are switchballs, wig wags, and reversals all the same thing?

The simple answer is yes. The full answer is wig wags are the start of a switchball. A switchball is what is made after you wig wag lined colored tubing. A reversal is another name for switchball. See more info on Switchballs

What’s the difference between the air trap and bubble trap?

Air trap and bubble trap are the same things. Alien Skin is a form of bubble trap. You can learn more here

How long does it take to heat up a quartz or glass nail?

This all depends on how hot you like to do a dab, how thick your banger is and how powerful your torch is.  We recommend a cold start dab for the best experience. Refer to our blog here

How long does it take to heat up a titanium nail?

This really depends on your method of how you want to use a nail. Refer to our blog for heating methods. The average time to heat a titanium banger is about 20 seconds. If you get it red hot, it’s too hot, let it cool. The best way to figure it out is put in […]

What’s the right term for what Steve H does?

Some call this dot tech, but really it is just a form of implosion. Some call it to bubble implosion as you put all the dots on a large thin bubble.  It’s also called dot implosion.

How would I get signed up for a live glass blowing class?

You can sign up for our glass blowing classes at You can see that by clicking on this link .

What temperature does borosilicate melt at

The softening point of type pyrex is 820°c (1,510°f). Borosilicate glass is less dense (about 2.23 g/cm3) than typical soda-lime glass due to the low atomic mass of boron. To learn more about the characteristics of different glass visit our glass blowing terms .

Is cadmium dangerous?

Cadmium is dangerous. If it is ingested it is very bad for you. The cadmium in the glass that is used in this industry is really fairly safe. When the glass is originally made it does a lot of off-gassing and the air is exhausted through a very well ventilated area. Once the glass is […]

Is there different kinds of quartz glass? Is American better than China?

Most all quartz is originated from China or the Czech Republic. The final glass is then welded, cut and finished in the USA. We have searched and searched for an American quartz manufacturer and have come up short time and time again. What makes quartz good is if it was made from high quality. There […]

Glass Terms and Techniques You Need To Know

Knowing glass terms is a vital part to being able to sell glass to customers at Elev8. We pride ourselves in the ability to know more than other head shops, and the only way to do that is to learn the terms. There are so many terms and techniques we find it best for you […]