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    Get ready for Saturn

    Started by Jezza in Collecting. Last reply by Susan 8 hours ago. 85 Replies

    New BIG lava lamp from Mathmos. Yep even bigger than the IO. Go tl their website and look at their youtube channel for 3 videos. Looks a lot like the Crestworth princess. But not as classy. Looks like only 1 colour too. Yellow with Red wax. Movement looks sluggish, nothing like the princess. Too big for me and probably expensive too. What are your thoughts? Continue

    Water replacement for new Lava brand lamp - is salt needed?

    Started by Robin Miller in Problems & Questions. Last reply by Robin Miller 8 hours ago. 5 Replies

    Hello!I have an almost new Lava brand 16.3" lamp, with purple liquid and yellow wax.When I received it I was pleased that the liquid wasn't cloudy like some of the really bad examples i'd seen photos of, but over time I've been getting frustrated with how dark the purple fluid is, and when heated it's not exactly cloudy but also not perfectly clear. It's almost like there's microscopic particles of something in it which block the light, and also make it harder to see the wax.I want to try…Continue

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    Pair of custom chromed Wizards

    Started by Claude J in Buy/Sell/Trade Zone yesterday. 0 Replies

    $400 for OG members https://www.ebay.com/itm/284546658751 Selling our personal (and last) of our custom wizard collection Custom 32 ounce Blue Lava/Blue Fluid Globes made in our labComes with brand new light bulbs.Both wizards have the long cone top and were chrome plated by a local company at great expense. Difficult and expensive to chrome plate, since the plating company has to multiple plate them in copper…Continue

    ATTENTION COLLECTORS $$4U

    Started by Claude J in Buy/Sell/Trade Zone. Last reply by Claude J yesterday. 8 Replies

    Do you or someone you know lost interest in the lava lamp hobby?Preferably in or near the midwest USAI am a cash (or Paypal) buyer for the entire collectionOne lump sum and I'll take them allLavalabcreations@gmail.comContinue

    Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?

    Started by Ant Bee in General Goo. Last reply by Claude J yesterday. 139 Replies

    In my quest to figure out exactly what the original formula is, one thing I haven't figured out is why they used Kerosene in the mixture.  It seems like it was a very small part of the mixture, something like 7% by volume.But what was the point?  Did it act as a preservative, or enhance the flow, or help to bind everything together?Speculations?Continue

    Liquid with wax blobs at the top

    Started by L Yu in Collecting. Last reply by Claude J yesterday. 4 Replies

    Hi everyone, wondering if anyone has advice what this liquid is that is accumulating on the top of my lamp after a few hours of operation.  It appears clear with lumps of wax inside.  This is a 1977 lamp that I recently changed the water (distilled) and used glycerine to get the wax moving.  I’ve removed some of this liquid with a syringe and it appeared to be wax so I put it back in.   Disappears when the lamp cools down when turned off.   I thought it may have been glycerine but it is not.  …Continue

    Hiding ugly wires

    Started by Claude J in General Goo. Last reply by Cody Rankins yesterday. 1 Reply

    I rewired my shelving units I ran into a dilemma with wiring the fiber optics to their own remote-controlled power strip. The heavy 220V power cube, attached to a 220/120 convertor and then into a loaded 8 outlet power strip was too much weight to attach to the back of the shelf unit. SOLUTION 6 glass tilesSome aluminum angles, flat stock, and 3M double-faced sticky tape, velcro, and plastic sheets. In retrospect, I could have used one of those expensive aluminum hobby boxes, cut the front and…Continue

    New Spencer’s Optical Illusion Lamp

    Started by Kyle S in Collecting. Last reply by Cody Rankins yesterday. 2 Replies

    I picked up probably one of my new all-time favorites today at my Spencer’s. White wax with clear liquid, this lamp is glamorous! The wax looks yellowish in photos but it truly is a beautiful white pearl color in-person. It has a real trippy look going for it with swirling illusions all around, and also looks cool displayed alongside the Psychedelic Swirl series, must I add. It’s like that black n’ white swirl that we never got. Overall it looks nicer in-person, the photos just don’t do it…Continue

    Glitter transplant ?

    Started by lampfancy in Problems & Questions. Last reply by lampfancy on Thursday. 6 Replies

    Have a Mathmos Neo bottle I’m thinking of repurposing as a glitter, but with the now prohibitive costs of getting glitter kits in the UK I was thinking of just buying a cheap generic glitter lamp as a ‘donor’ and transferring the contents over - just wondered if anyone else had done similar?

Seems it should be straightforward enough, in theory, but I wonder if there might be factors I hadn’t considered?

Also a bit worried about the health and safety aspect with the potent solvent based fluids…Continue

    2 piece base century

    Started by Jordan Reeder in Problems & Questions. Last reply by Kyle S on Wednesday. 9 Replies

    Hi there,I’m just wondering if anyone knows why the 2 part base centuries do not cast much light out of the pin holes? Seems like the ‘70’s ones really have quite the display of light emitting from the holes on the base. Also wondering if anyone knows where to find a new black bottom for the base? The previous owner apparently took it off or it broke or something. Would I have to just buy a base from eBay and take off the black part or something?Thanks! Continue

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    For sale

    Posted by Christian on November 21, 2021 at 9:57am 0 Comments

    Mathmos Fluidium spare bottle 

    http://ebay.us/6qX545?cmpnId=5338273189

    Lava lamp by Mathmos, model Lunar, Space Age Rocket Lunar lava lamp design $1,560.00- Local pick up only

    Posted by Phu Le on November 17, 2021 at 3:49am 0 Comments

    Hi I am selling a Highly desirable lava lamp made by Mathmos in the 1990s In good working order as can be seen in the photos with a new 100W bulb. Mathmos Lunar Lava lamp 34 inches tall plus extra power converter…

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    Lamps for sale

    Posted by MileHigh on October 31, 2021 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

    I am selling some lamps from my collection - just in time for Christmas!

    You can view details, pics, and videos of the lamps that I am selling at …

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    Colossus faulty dimmer switch

    Posted by MB on October 4, 2021 at 11:01am 11 Comments

    Unfortunately my dimmer switch on my colossus is no longer working. It was always finicky, but recently stopped working all together. Has anyone replaced their dimmer switch? If yes, can you send me the website and part number you used? 

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