Pipe or faucet screens have several uses. One use is to stop mineral deposits and dirt from getting into your tap water. Another use is to stop burning embers or ash from going into the mouth of a pipe smoker. Pipe screens are small circular mesh pieces that fit into pipes to stop unwanted debris.
If you place your finger under your faucet and into the little hole where the water comes out, chances are you will feel a screen. This is the pipe screen for your sink, which helps filter the water that passes through it.
Tobacco Pipe Screens
Pipe screens for smokers' pipes keep the hot and ashy stuff out of your mouth. Not only that, these pipes also stop the buildup of dottle, a "wet and sour tobacco clump that can potentially ruin a pipe," according to Rolling Paper Depot. Pipe screens allow smokers to inhale the tobacco smoke without burning their tongue.
Pipe screens can also be used for art projects, depending on the aesthetic. Some ways an artist could use pipe screens include tying them together with fishing line to make necklaces and bracelets, gluing them to a canvas to look like little bubbles floating up to the sky, linking hundreds together side-by-side to create a faux bullet-proof vest or anything else the creative mind can imagine.
Tea Bag Caddies
Find two pipe screens that are larger than a tea bag and mesh them together with pliers or sewn thread. Leave an opening on one side, like a clam shell, to hold tea bags. Ensure the pipe screens are clean before each use.
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