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I thought i knew what inside out glass was. i thought it was a technique where the bowl is literaly inside out like a t-shirt being inside out. and you can tell if its I.O. if the glass has the colors in between the glass, which would make the colors look kinda 3d.
so anyways, i bought a pipe off the internet that said, "inside out bowl." i got it, and it looked very nice. i showed it to other people and they thought it was IO too...then like 3 months later, some chick said it WASN'T I.O. and that her sister is a glass blower, so she figured she knew everything.
my question is, what EXACTLY is inside out glass? what is the purpose of it? and how can you tell if its truely Inside out???
"Most glass pipes have a color pattern of some kind on the outside surface of the glass (which is often encased in one or more layers of externally added glass). So called 'inside-out' work usually refers to glass that has the color patterns on the inside surface of the glass. Putting the work on the inside looks much more attractive and here's why: the entire color pattern is magnified by the thick layer of glass between the outer surface of the glass and the pattern. Also, as the inside work melts flush with the inner surface of the pipe, the color patterns 'sink' into the glass causing beautiful 3 dimensional structures to appear deep inside the glass - a look that's impossible to achieve with just outside work. Working on the inside is much more difficult and time consuming for the blower, making pieces done this way much more expensive than their outside worked counterparts."
I don't know why I'm bumping this thread, but whatever.