Why Glass?

Why Choose Glass?

Glass tobacco pipes have received a considerable amount of negative publicity over the course of the last couple years, due in part to the proliferation of clear glass “bubble” or “chemical” pipes, which are arguably designed for one purpose and are clearly not designed for any tobacco or herbal blend.

As a responsible retailer, it is important to recognize the differences between glass tobacco pipes and other limited use glass products.


Glass tobacco pipes were developed to provide a pure smoking experience by eliminating the competing tastes of metal, wood and other porous or burnable materials, in effect isolating the natural flavor of the tobacco. Whether enjoying a beautiful handpipe, bubbler or a pure glass hookah you can be assured that glass will not impart any undesirable flavors or tastes. Chameleon Glass’s line of traditional tobacco accessories is designed specifically for the discriminating tobacco connoisseur.


In the early 1980’s glass artists began experimenting with silver and gold fuming processes in an effort to change the characteristics of glass handpipes. What was discovered was that a thin layer of pure gold and/or silver applied to the inside or the surface of the pipe created a unique phenomenon once tobacco was introduced to the product. The tobacco particulate, combined with the precious metals refracted the light much like a prism, causing the pipe to change colors. Additionally, different tobaccos produced different hues insuring completely unique handpipes based on individual usage.
Sculpted Mushroom #314


One key characteristic of glass is its ability to not only be cleaned repeatedly but also sterilized, killing harmful bacteria. Wood, metal, and stone pipes cannot be thoroughly cleaned due to their inherent porosity, allowing various bacteria to lurk in your pipe. A thorough cleaning of glass handpipes via commercially available cleaners, or a common dishwasher will return your handpipe to its near original state. This provides the user with a clean palette for a completely new and different color changing experience.


Unlike metal, wood, or other manufactured pipes, each glass handpipe is hand blown by glass artists in our state of the art glass studio. While we strive to ensure consistency and keep our products true to their cataloged likeness, no two pieces are exactly alike. Each Chameleon Glass pipe is truly a one of a kind original and uniquely your customers.

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