CraftWEB Hot Glass Talk

CraftWEB Hot Glass Talk (
-   General Hot Glass Discussion (
-   -   Blow hose tubing (

Franklin Sankar 06-17-2019 07:07 PM

Great substitute source Sky. Itís faster and easier for me to make it with local parts
Thanks all.

Rich Samuel 06-17-2019 07:42 PM

1 Attachment(s)
From Ivan Smith. £58 + shipping & insurance (at 1988 rates). Too pricey and complex for me in my beginner days.

Sky Campbell 06-18-2019 10:53 AM


Originally Posted by Ted Trower (Post 144323)
Physical Therapists use a product called theratube. It works really well.

Thank you Ted for posting on this tubing and thank you Monte for the link. I went ahead and placed an order for some of the green. It seems to be good quality. The thickness is almost perfect a little smaller ID then I usually use but I really like the look and feel. Iíll be trying it out today and could possibly be my new go to. The hive mentality really advances us as a whole.

Hereís an idea that has worked well for me carried over from scientific work. I take a piece of tubing about two feet and insert a piece of aluminum wire (copper would also work) about 2 or 3 inches longer then the tubing. With this you make a large hook that goes around your neck the couple extra inches of wire wrap around your blow hose approx ten inches from the moth piece. Some might prefer to make a necklace instead of the hook but the idea is you mouth piece stays put in the same place and you donít have the blow hose going around your neck.

Sky Campbell 06-18-2019 11:22 AM

These are the swivels I swear by. Seth came up with this double swivel design and improved a common tool in the shop significantly. Well worth the money. He also sells neon electrode boots in small quantities. These are light weight and fit on a blow pipe nicely. I use them on some of my custom made pipes and use them on the lathe. I still like the short piece of heater hose for the traditional blowpipes but that is just my preference.

Rick Kellner 06-18-2019 01:08 PM

1 Attachment(s)

Originally Posted by Sky Campbell (Post 144305)
I wouldnít want any latex tubing with less then a 1/4Ē ID and a 1/16Ē wall.
6mm ID and 1.6mm wall thickness for our fractionaly challenged friends.

Anything smaller makes you work harder blowing and anything thinner kinks at the most inopportune moment. This my personal observation I know some might disagree.

In the neon realm (where you pretty much have a blowhose hooked up to yourself all day long) I'm accustomed to using finer gauge tubing, i.e. 1/8" and even 3/32" diameter of the bore.

After comparing these rigs to the comparatively clunky looking stuff marketed for hot glass, I tested out my neon set-up in the hot shop. I can't say that there was any more resistance to blowing than the bigger tubing.

I have experienced kinking of the hose in the past, but this is pretty much related to the wall thickness of the tube and the grade of material. Once the wall thickness gets too thin, the tubing will inevitably kink. Selecting a product with a thicker wall typically eliminates this problem. For this reason, the tubing in hardware stores often doesn't work well, because it's too thin walled and floppy.

A common connection to a piece of neon tubing (from the hose and swivel) is an alligator clip insulator, which slides over the outside of the glass tubing.

I've found that these also often adapt to many of the blowpipe mouthpiece diameters commonly available. The fact that they are tapered gives you options.

If you play around with the neon gear, you do need small swivels though. A 1/4" swivel is overkill. But the little 3/16" brass swivels common to the trade will fit the bill.

Shawn Everette 06-18-2019 01:16 PM

I've been seeing more people using the technolux insulators on boro blanks, the 15mm might work for some blow pipes. Got any neon shops in Trinidad Franklin? They'd probably have the whole set up.

Rick Kellner 06-18-2019 02:14 PM

When I was in neon school, the instructors told me that there had been a fellow who attended the school previously, in order to become the first neon shop operator in Trinidad (in contemporary times, at least). Would be interesting to find out if he accomplished the mission, and whether or not he is still up and running.

Rich Samuel 06-18-2019 02:34 PM

Rick, he could be this guy.

Richard Huntrods 06-19-2019 01:33 PM


Originally Posted by Ted Trower (Post 144323)
Physical Therapists use a product called theratube. It works really well.

Ted, I agree with Sky - thanks for the link. In my case even more timely as I have 25' of the theratube black that I boughtfor my rotator cuff rehab exercises. The stuff is color-coded as to resistance, with black being the most resistance.

I just checked what I have, and it will be a perfect fit as replacement tubing for my rig. I do have to buy a better swivel - mine leaks badly.

Lowell Duell 06-22-2019 02:19 PM

What about the mouthpiece, mine is getting kind of chewed up?
Where can you get one.

Rich Samuel 06-22-2019 02:51 PM

A good tobacconist will have them, but I find I like working without a mouthpiece. If you tend to clench your teeth, either go without a mouthpiece or get one that has a soft rubber cover.

Pete VanderLaan 06-22-2019 05:47 PM

clench your tooth. They call it a tooth brush for a reason.

Franklin Sankar 06-22-2019 09:17 PM

Glass in cuba
Just came back from a first time visit to Cuba. Direct flight from TT to Cuba.
It makes you appreciate what you have. We carried toys for the children. The look on theor face was worth it.
No glass there. At least none that I could see. Shawn, no neon. Led took over.


Shawn Everette 06-24-2019 10:07 AM

That has been the trend. Luckily it looks like nostalgia hit the US market so there is somewhat of a comeback for neon.

Pete VanderLaan 06-25-2019 05:31 PM


Originally Posted by Franklin Sankar (Post 144432)
Just came back from a first time visit to Cuba. Direct flight from TT to Cuba.
It makes you appreciate what you have. We carried toys for the children. The look on their face was worth it.


Bless you Frankin. We can't even carry them to Texas.

Franklin Sankar 09-22-2019 04:26 PM

Sky did you get your rubber hose to make the blow hose we were talking about some time ago

Sky Campbell 09-23-2019 12:07 AM


Originally Posted by Monte G Becker (Post 144325)

$14 for 25 feet comes in 8 different colors...

Hey Franklin. I bought the green and couldnít be happier with it. I have used it daily and itís really the best kink free tubing Iíve used.

Franklin Sankar 09-25-2019 08:54 PM

Great news Sky. Thanks

Bradley Howes 09-29-2019 01:15 PM

I find some very nice tube (in my opinion) in the same aisle of the hardware store as the copper pipe and fittings.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:17 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
© Opportunity Network. 2008. All Rights Reserved.