Borosilicate vs. Soft Glass: What’s the difference?

FADED’s wide selection of glass includes products that are imported, American made, and locally crafted in Colorado. Our locally made items are handcrafted by a number of Colorado artists, including BMH Glass Creations, Moxie Glass, C&C Studios, and Jack’s Glass. In addition to these artisan options, FADED also proudly carries GravLabs and Black Sheep Gallery.

Borosilicate is very durable. 

It can withstand thermal changes without weakening because it does not expand like ordinary glass, allowing users to experiment with hot vaporous water, ice cube chilling, and even the intensity of a torch lighter without worrying about wear. Pieces made with borosilicate come in clear, tinted, or frosted glass and can be retrofitted for dabbing by adding a banger or e-nail. Borosilicate glass is non-toxic, lead-free, BPA free, and hypoallergenic, yet tough enough to clean regularly with 91% isopropyl alcohol and resist corrosion.

Soft glass is…well, soft.

Soft glass is fired at a lower temperature, making it less durable than borosilicate and unable to withstand excessive heat. These pieces are not recommended for dabbing due to the softer nature of the glass, risking breakage. Soft glass is more receptive to complex color patterns, allowing for stunning pieces that can feature iridescent metallic sheens or psychedelic rainbows of color.

Take care when cleaning these pieces: use a cleaner or 91% Isopropyl Alcohol with coarse-grained salt, and rinse out with slightly warm water only. Soft glass bongs commonly use a slider bowl where the bowl and downstem are all-in-one.