hi. i just found this site and thought i'd ask about my "lava lamp." i got it a few years ago as a gift, but it has never worked correctly. and, it's been shaken a few times by ignorant ppl (so there are air bubbles in the wax).
the lava does flow. but there is a thin layer at the top of the globe that sticks to the wall. in the past, i have managed to spin the globe so that the wax does not stick along most of the body of the globe. however, if left on for a long enough time, the wax will trail down to the base of the globe, which creates a path for the wax to travel up and down, leaving no opportunity for the wax to bubble up like normal.
according to the packaging, of which there is no name, the lava lamp was made in china. it has been sitting on a shelf boxed up the last few years because it didn't work before. but i thought i'd give it another try.
my only thoughts are to open the globe and clean the top of all the wax buildup (which leaves me w/ figuring out how to reseal the bottle cap at the top) or simply tossing the globe or the whole system and purchasing another lamp and globe.
i thought lava lamps were supposed to be fun and relaxing, but this one hasn't.
i've attached a few pics for anyone who has any idea of what to do. THANKS!