The Love Of CFL or Shifty Boro Glass Colors
CFL and Shifty help describe a newer pallet of glass that changes color based on the light that it is under. CFL is kinda a funky term as CFL means "Compact Florescent Light". This does not mean this glass only changes under a compact light, but more that it changes is apparent color under florescent light. It is called CFL because this is the term used mostly in today's younger generation that may not even know about the older and still used florescent lighting tubes.
When did this term and idea start with CFL and shifty glass in the cannabis world?
Back in 2014 Glass Alchemy and more importantly Thomas Grimmett started working on this new type of glass called CFL or shifty glass. After a ton of R&D the CFL color started coming together with the first color called Serum was born. After about a year of working on the color Serum it was finally ready for the market and one of the first blowers to use it was Elbo Glass.
After some more R&D GA started to work on a new CFL shifty color called Terps. This color was a combination of the secret formula of Serum with the added mineral cadmium.
The CFL or Shifty pallet of glass is a very neat glass and makes it seam as your art comes form two worlds. We find the Terps and solarium to be one of our favorites as it it just a lot of fun!
What are are the CFL and Shifty glass colors on the market now?
Each day it seems the pallet of colors is growing! As of now, here is a list of CFL or shifty borosilicate glass colors on the market.
- Serum is the first CFL Activated color by Glass Alchemy. This color
shifts from a champagne to a rose color as you move it from natural to
Fluorescent light = Pink
Natural light = Champagne
- Terps is the first cadmium based CFL color on the market. As part of our
Neo-Cad™ line, Terps is a highly workable cadmium based color that will
shift from Orange to Yellow, depending on the light source.
Fluorescent light = Orange
Natural light = Yellow
- Potion has made a series of evolutions since we first introduced Purple
Potion, side by side with Serum. This CFL shifter changed from purple
to a brighter purple. Thomas then reworked the formulation and we
released it as Potion 2.0. The formulation has been finalized and
Potion is now here!
- Voodoo is a CFL activated color that shifts from Hot Pink to a light grey / cloudy clear.
Fluorescent light = Hot Pink
Natural light = Light grey / cloudy clear
- Gemini is a collaboration between Northstar Glassworks & Gaffer
Glass. As a stable, air free glass with buttery smooth working
properties, it will present a beautiful, clean purple in natural light.
This glass is CFL reactive & will shift to a light cobalt blue using
a CFL with 2700K. This glass can be scratched easily causing surface
bubbles, please handle with care.
- Hydra is simply a beautiful light transparent icy green. As a
multi-chromatic color, this glass will shift depending on light source
and kelvin temperature of the light bulb. This color will present a
beautiful green, light blue, and even a very light purple.
- Siriusly is the newest multi-chromatic color added onto the
Northstar palette. As a multi-chromatic color, this glass will shift
depending on light source and kelvin temperature of the light bulb. This
color will present teal greens, blues, and even a bright purple!
- Solaria is a cadmium based CFL reactive glass that shifts from
yellow to orange. This variation has been reformulated to a
more transparent color. This glass contains minimal air content and may
vary with light milkyness. Northstar is currently improving this formula
to make a beautiful transparent multi chromatic glass. For best
results, work on a neutral to oxidizing flame & let the heat sink in
to prevent boiling.
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- Phaze A bright, CFL reactive magenta.
This shifting color that falls in-between the purple of Parallax and the pink of Syzygy. Under Fluorescent light this color reflects a bright magenta, and in natural or non-fluorescent light it will shift to a light, almost clear champagne.
is a stunning magenta-purple with a powerful color shift. Under natural
and non fluorescent light Parallax is a smokey grey, but transitions to
bright fuchsia when brought under a fluorescent light source. Unlike
some other fluorescent light reactive colors out there, this shift is
obvious and brilliant!