This artifact's history is unknown and how or who created it, but it was in Warehouse 13's storage and used by Artie in the field many times.
When blown through the tube, the artifact reverts glass back into sand.
This artifact is part of Artie's Bag and used at least two times in the field. Once, to open a window in a building that was being disintegrated by the Berlin Wall Spray Paint during Walter Sykes' attempted assassination of the Regents. Secondly, Artie used it while under the effects of Ferdinand Magellan's Astrolabe to get Francesco Borgia's Dagger.