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Lucite stems

Postby Terrier » Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:47 pm

Made a couple of pipes from kits and now looking to to start from scratch. One question occurred to me. Is it possible to heat bend a lucite stem?

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Re: Lucite stems

Postby Tyler » Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:12 am

Yes
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Re: Lucite stems

Postby KevLa » Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:24 pm

Tyler wrote:Yes

What's the short answer, Tyler? ;) :lol:
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Re: Lucite stems

Postby Tyler » Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:00 am

[quote="KevLa"][quote="Tyler"]Yes[/quote]
What's the short answer, Tyler? ;) :lol:[/quote]

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Re: Lucite stems

Postby FlakedOut » Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:33 am

KevLa wrote:What's the short answer, Tyler? ;) :lol:


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Re: Lucite stems

Postby Bob » Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:03 am

Vulcanite/ebonite is a lot easier to bend especially if you have no experience. A first stem made of lucite will be a challenge due to the temp at which it bends... and it's not very forgiving. When it drops below a certain temp it immediately gets hard. Rubber gradually hardens and allows you to still bend it as it cools.
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Re: Lucite stems

Postby Terrier » Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:59 am

Bob wrote:Vulcanite/ebonite is a lot easier to bend especially if you have no experience. A first stem made of lucite will be a challenge due to the temp at which it bends... and it's not very forgiving. When it drops below a certain temp it immediately gets hard. Rubber gradually hardens and allows you to still bend it as it cools.


I hate vulcanite stems so I will experiment with the lucite. Thanks for the heads up though.
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Re: Lucite stems

Postby 4nogginsmike » Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:10 pm

Mike Glukler from Briar Blues was kind enough to describe the bending process to me. But after considering it I chickened out. Though I have begun altering/repairing my pipes, I'm only doing a bit here and there as I have great respect for my record of bungling such tasks:).
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Re: Lucite stems

Postby lightmyfire » Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:20 pm

It's somewhat easy to bend, you just have to try gently, and you will learn yourself the best distance to keep between the stem and the heat source.
Of course, the width of the stem will determine the time it will take.

Bending horn stems is far much difficult. ;)
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Re: Lucite stems

Postby PuFFaH » Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:54 pm

Where can you buy Lucite from for making custom bits? I'm in the UK
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