Is it true that glass toys can't shatter?

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Is it true that glass toys can't shatter?

Bittenflame Bittenflame
I was curious to know this, because my partner and I have looked into them befoe but had this fear.
07/03/2012
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Ansley Ansley
It takes extreme force or extreme temper changes back to back to shatter a glass toy. I have one that I've knocked over onto a hardwood table so many times it should be slivers of glass and nothing else - but it's rock solid without a scratch on it. (It's the Icicles No. 17)
07/03/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by Ansley
It takes extreme force or extreme temper changes back to back to shatter a glass toy. I have one that I've knocked over onto a hardwood table so many times it should be slivers of glass and nothing else - but it's rock solid without a scratch ...
Yup. Glass toys can break, but a well-made toy shouldn't have it happen easily. Additionally, most glass toys are made of Pyrex glass, which will break into large chunks rather than a million tiny pieces, and thus are much easier to clean up.

To be safe, always check your glass toys for scratches or fractures before you use them. If you see any, don't use the toy. If you don't, then go right ahead.
07/03/2012
woofcub woofcub
yup glass toys can break but under normal use conditions they should not. Ive accidentally dropped my glass toys more than once on a hard surface from a good distance and they are all still holding up without a scratch or chip.
07/03/2012
puppylove puppylove
They can break but they are shatter resistant, resistant doesn't mean it absolutely won't happen but its a possibility. Most glass toys are made out of pyrex glass which is shatter resistant. Stormy had it right, extreme temperature change can make it happen. I've seen a pyrex baking dish explode into tiny little shards after being left on the stove and a burner accidentally getting turned on and not being noticed until it heated up the dish and it exploded. But it takes some intense temp changes to make it happen. I think ToyTimeTim did some stress test on glass that are posted somewhere around here.
07/03/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by puppylove
They can break but they are shatter resistant, resistant doesn't mean it absolutely won't happen but its a possibility. Most glass toys are made out of pyrex glass which is shatter resistant. Stormy had it right, extreme temperature change ...
He did, I'm sure he'll be along soon enough to post them. (Don't want to steal his thunder, it's one of his favorite topics.)

And oh man on the Pyrex bakeware - I had one a long, long time ago and I was making chicken breasts in the oven. I needed to check to see if they were done, so I slit one open. As soon as the juices hit the dish, it cracked into four pieces, sending shards everywhere. Not to mention dropping my dinner onto the coils of the oven.

Please note that Pyrex bakeware is no wear near as thick as most of the glass toys we carry.
07/03/2012
Beck Beck
Here is that video from ToyTimeTim!
07/03/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Drop test
link

Borosilicate or Pyrex is breakable, it just takes a lot of force to break it. So many things can factor in though; proper heat treating (which releases stress from the glass making process) , micro fractures that cannot be seen and scratches just to name a few.

I have yet to hear of a glass sex toy breaking during use though. They usually break when dropped onto a hard surface. Although I have dropped my Gold Laced G onto my Njoy Eleven a few times during cleaning with no problems. This all means that inspecting the toy before use and a little extra care when storing is the best advice. Look for any scratches (that could cause micro abrasions to delicate skin) or hair line fractures in the glass.
07/03/2012
ScottA ScottA
BTW extreme temperature changes are ones on the order of several hundred degrees. Boiling -> freezing is no problem, neither is 350F to ice water.

It can break with extreme force, and if it is scratched that will weaken it a bit (big scratch, not scuffs). When it breaks it will for the most part go into large pieces, but they will have sharpish edges and there will be some fragments, but it won't shatter the same way a drinking glass will.
07/05/2012
krystalmarie krystalmarie
thanks for the info
07/05/2012
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
I am so scared about glass toys breaking, but thanks for the info. I probaby still won't use them tho, because I like things with a lot of give.
07/05/2012
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