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Hey, I just got a magma tower mini goo kit to build my own lava head like in my profile picture. I'm reading that the surfacant is used to make the goo more blobby and circular. But actually I really like when the goo gets all sinewy. I read online that the recommended ratio for surfacant is 10ml surfacant: 1 quart water - is that correct?So my question is, if I like the goo non-blobby, do I need to add any surfacant at all? If I add none will something bad happen? Should I add just a little?…Continue
The lava in my astro baby has separated, a clump at the top that will not melt and the rest at the bottom that has melted but will not flow, I have tried to melt the top bit but it just wont melt.I am thinking if I cannot fix this that I would love a glitter lamp, any ideas on how to make a glitter lamp out of this old Astro Baby bottle? Or how to fix the broken wax?Continue
Hello all, first time here.I have an old lamp that was my grandma's and I'm a little sentimental about it. It must be early 70's minimum because I remember it as a child. I'm sure you all can probably identify it and that might help what I'm trying to do here. A few years ago the cap cracked, it got cloudy and didn't work good anymore. I'm in the process of trying to restore it, using the lava formula I found here. I was about to say goodbye to it because I could not find a replacement…Continue
So I have been busting my butt the last couple days trying to get this paint off this grande globe... And I finally finished and was setting up every to switch out the goo. I got the metal cap off and the plug is literally disintegrating... When I lightly lift it, it just rips. I don't even know how I'm going to get it off globe. What now!? I've seen other ideas for caps but several said they can't fit the decorative cap on top afterward. With as much work as I have put into this lamp, I would…Continue
The bulb burnt out on my LAVA LITE Midnight Blue/White 8304 lamp - so I replaced it, but the lamp doesn't work. I've verified the new bulbs I've tried are working, so it appears to be a fuse in the lamp that's the problem. Thing is I cannot figure out where the fuse might be?Suggestions?DanContinue
trying to make a lava head like this.do I need a coil? are there any instructions on how to make a coil?I ordered the goo from magma tower..does it contain mercury?also, how to make sure it does not leak? I am following a previous thread about lava heads which gives a vague idea on how to make them.... I bought the high heat silicone sealant and am looking for a casserole dish to seal the head closed... then I am planning to use an upside down pyrex measuring cup as the base so that the cord…Continue
Mathmos announced a new version of the telstar, still one of the best designs of them, but this one is not convincing.It looks like the millenium Telstar, but in matt black and copper.Not my taste, and not worth 77 Pounds.Continue
I'm guessing a lot of you folks are checking the thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales etc. for lava lamps. sometimes I get lucky. Tell me about your favorite finds.in the last week or so I've been looking for anything wild. I found an infinity mirror light in a hard to reach/see area of a good thrift store in amish country. The bulbs were burned out, and I found some 7v mini bulbs today. It looks great, maybe from the 60s-80s.and yesterday I met someone from the letgo app. and picked up…Continue
This is my first try at sun fading a lamp, I couldn't believe how fast the blue faded. just took about four hours in the sun. The bottle was a white/blue bottle from 1994 that I had found at my local thrift store. You can't tell from the photo,…Continue
Seems to me like the popular gold bases with the holes should of been glittered. It didn't take long to paint, partlly because the Rust-Oleum spray nozzle stopped working after half the can maybe less. But it was good enough and looked great…Continue
I found a couple lava lamps at a goodwill one is smaller with cloudy clear liquid and navy blue lava on a brushed silver base. the one I'm planning on fixing up is a midnight from 1999.
When checking the liquid out in the parking lot, it…Continue
I'm new here and a newbie collector, but have always had some type of lava since childhood. Searched site and still had a question. Is it possible to still have a cloudy lava lamp arrive via shipping, that is brand new from a know company, or is…Continue
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