Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

After extensive testing,  I'm now offering many NEW glitter colors in clear fast liquid.  They are gorgeous!  Here are a few of the options.  I'll post them all below in this discussion and in my videos.

I've also developed replacement slow glitter formulas for the Florence Art, Heat Tapes, Mastercrafters, and Crestworth glitter lamps of the 60s and 70s.  The liquid in these formulas is non-flammable, non-combustible, and much less toxic than the fast, solvent-based liquid. 

To simplify things, both fast and slow glitter liquid are now available at the same prices.  Here are some FAQs on the glitter liquid.

I fill all orders on a first come, first served basis.  I do all of the work by hand and take care to ensure quality.  Please allow 2-3 weeks from payment for delivery.

 

Fast or Slow Glitter Liquid In Containers 

$25 for one quart container (fills 32 oz globe)

$23 each for two or more.

$40 for two quart containers (fills 52 oz globe)

$37 each for two or more.

$140 for eight (8) quart containers (fills 250 oz Grande)

$115 for six (6) quart containers (fills 175 oz Lunar)

32 OZ LAVA GLOBE: ADD $10 each

52 OZ LAVA GLOBE: ADD $15 each *Very Limited Supply

NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for refilling 32oz and 52oz globes that you supply!

ALL PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING to USA Lower 48!  International, please contact me for a quote.

I prefer payment with Paypal.  My Paypal account is kirkolson@mac.com. 

If you need liquid to refill other size globes or you have vintage globes you’d like me to refill, please contact me for a quote.  My prices are very reasonable.

I no longer refill and ship Grande-sized globes, but I have excellent instructions with pictures if you want to refill a Grande with my containers of liquid. 

 

FAST GLITTER Liquid Color choices: Blue, Green, Red, Purple, Light Blue, Yellow, Orange, Teal, Pink, and Clear 

FAST GLITTER Glitter choices in Colored Liquid:

  • Small Silver Holographic Hexagonal – Looks best in 32oz and 52oz globes
  • Medium Silver Holographic Square – Looks best in 32oz and 52oz globes
  • Large Silver Holographic Square – Looks best in Lunar, Grande, Gemlites, 52oz globes
  • Short Silver Holographic Strand – Looks best in 32oz and 52oz globes
  • Long Silver & Colored Holographic Strand - Looks best in 32oz, 52oz, and Grande globes (use 15watt, 25watt, 40watt bulbs)

*NEW* FAST COLORED GLITTER choices in Clear Liquid:

  • Small Hexagonal: Gold (Holo), Green (Holo), Pink (Holo), Sky Blue (Holo), Ocean Blue (Holo), Navy (Holo), Turquoise, Lavender, Violet (Holo), Orange (Holo), Copper (Holo), Multicolor (Holo)
  • Small Squares: Violet (Holo), Pink (Holo), Sky Blue (Holo), Green (Holo), Gold (Holo), Navy (Holo), Silver (Holo)
  • Small Dots: Green (Holo), Pink (Holo)
  • Medium Dots: Gold (Holo), Ocean Blue (Holo), Silver (Holo)

SLOW GLITTER Liquid Color choices: Blue, Green, Red, Purple, Light Blue, Yellow, Orange, Teal, Pink, and Clear

SLOW GLITTER Glitter choices: 

  • Small Silver Flakes – Best for Florence Art, Heat Tapes, Mastercrafter’s Clocks, Consorts, and 32 oz globes
  • Very Small Silver Flakes -- Best for Crestworth Glitterlite, Lava Lite Glitter Lite
  • *NEW* Small Metallic Gold Multicolor -- Best for Glitterama 

All liquid is non-combustible and non-flammable.  

The slow glitter liquid is very low in toxicity.

The fast glitter liquid is solvent-based and should be treated with caution. Use safety goggles and gloves when working with the liquid, and make sure your work area is well ventilated — turn on a fan. 

Use a funnel when pouring the liquid into your globes.  Promptly close your bottle openings with the plug and cap provided.

 

My shipping address is: 

Kirk Olson

For USPS: PO BOX 1188

For UPS, FEDEX: 11228 Parsons Rd

Manor, TX 78653

kirkolson@mac.com

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Really cool!

I don't think it needs more glitter, but it needs a little more liquid to fill the bottle up to the cap a least.



Kirk said:

After around 8 hours, it's still heating up, but I think you'll agree - it's AWESOME!  I think it may need a little more glitter, but I'll wait until it reaches its peak temperature before deciding.  I'm working on a video...

Awesome, Kirk! Are you going to add color? What did you use to paint the base & cap? Looks great!

Thanks, Ben.  

I may add color, but the 200w frosted bulb I had in there, blew this afternoon.  I've now got a 250w Bulbrite red infrared bulb in it.  It's a beautiful flashing red orb!  Video on the way.

Oh, the base and cap are still silver - no paint job, just funky picture.

Kirk - rethinking selling my Executive Consort and may consider glittering the globe.  I see you have two recommended options for Consort globes.  Fast glitter very small colored hexagonal and slow glitter "flake" (assumed to resemble the glitter that resembles crumpled gold leaf in a Florence lamp?).  Do you have decent photo or video examples of each?  And what is your expert opinion on which is more pleasing on the eye.  I know that last question is highly subjective, but would still love your viewpoint.

Oh - and pricing seems to only go down to quart containers, though I shouldn't need a quart for a Consort globe.  Is my understanding correct that regardless, it would be $25 and I would wind up with some extra goods? 

I do have a set of four extra Mathmos Fireflow lava bottles and a glitter Fireflow O1, so I sense I could put the extra to good use (the factory Mathmos Fireflow glitter bottle is not very impressive).  You tried running any of your glitter options via candle power? 

The Fireflow O1 for reference.  Thinking this could become uber special with your glitter formula.  The O1 design is stunning, but would love the action to match the design aesthetics.

Jim - I like both the fast glitter with small colored hex and slow with glitter flakes.  The slow formula flows just like Florence Art.

The slow formula is not solvent-based, so all liquid colors are possible, including true blue and green.  These are two colors that remain unstable in the fast, solvent-based formula.  Another advantage of the slow formula is that it will run on any light bulb from 10w to 60w and beyond.  Same formula, same flow.  Very consistent.  Not as flashy as the fast formula, but I think it has its own beauty.  Here is a video of it in a 32oz globe.

I'll take some videos of the fast formula in Consort-style globes and answer the rest of your questions in a bit. Thanks for you interest.

Kirk,

Good job.  I started off with my comment (in the wee hours) the other day but could not really follow along for the past week.  I was actually out of town in the far Northern reaches of New Hampshire for Christmas and really did not have internet connectivity.  I'm glad you had good luck with the fill.

Critter

Bill - It sounds like you had a restful Christmas in New England.  Cold and snowy?  You got home in time for some Texas wintry weather, too!

John - I think the multicolor is really impressive, too.  I'd like to think it's what the original Lava Lite multicolor may have looked liked.  It looks like we'll never really know, since their multi glitter degraded pretty quickly in their formula.

Ok, Jim.  Let's get back to answering your questions.

So, I really like the slow glitter and the beautifully colored liquid, but the fast glitter is still my favorite.  Here is a video of the very small, colored hexagonal glitter running in fast clear liquid.  

This really looks great in Consort-style bottles.  I have the formula tuned to run on 10w intermediate bulbs.  I can send you a couple, and tell you where to buy them cheap.

I'd be happy to send you just the amount you need for your Executive (12oz fills a Consort-style bottle, I'd probably send 14oz to be safe).  The cost would be $20 shipped.  Shipping is about the same for either 14 or 32oz.

I love the Fireflow O1.  Classy.  I have run my liquid in an Aurasglow, and it worked great.  Just couldn't figure out how to seal the bottle.  Do you know what temperature your candle lamps are running at?  Temperature is key to making the fast formula flow long and well.  Of course, the slow, Florence Art-like formula doesn't care about temperature -- it will easily work.


Kirk said:

Jim - I like both the fast glitter with small colored hex and slow with glitter flakes.  The slow formula flows just like Florence Art.

The slow formula is not solvent-based, so all liquid colors are possible, including true blue and green.  These are two colors that remain unstable in the fast, solvent-based formula.  Another advantage of the slow formula is that it will run on any light bulb from 10w to 60w and beyond.  Same formula, same flow.  Very consistent.  Not as flashy as the fast formula, but I think it has its own beauty.  Here is a video of it in a 32oz globe.

I'll take some videos of the fast formula in Consort-style globes and answer the rest of your questions in a bit. Thanks for you interest.

Sorry for all the questions Kirk - was wondering if the plug and cap you provide for resealing bottles will work on a Giant bottle?

No problem, Jim.  I'm sure others may have similar ones.  

Is the Giant opening the same size as a Grande?  I'm not sure.  I provide a solvent resistant plug that takes the place of the Grande's rubber plug - my testing revealed that it wasn't solvent resistant.  I also provide a band clamp to hold the Grande's original metal cap in place while the epoxy dries.  I have instructions with pictures for all the steps.

Let me start by saying this.  Nice perfectly symmetrical glitter porn.  The Mediterranean - Mystique - Capri - Mystique - Mediterranean lineup in the video is simply superb.  Gonna have to give the Executive Consort some serious thought as the glitter does look dynamite.  At the end of the day though, while glitter is an absolutely necessity in a lava lover's collection, I am still a lava guy at heart. Not sure they offered the Executive in a glitter variety and as a purist, while I would love to salvage the original contents, part of me is thinking that for historical purposes I may need to try a lava refill (maybe clear/cranberry). 

Fireflows will be a must and would love to do a collection of four distinct glitter globes that I can rotate on a whim.  Maybe five as the stock glitter globe is not impressive at all.  I will need to see if I can head to Harbor Freight and snag a heat gun to measure temperature at the globe. 

A Grande is a must for me and plan to make that my "yay me, I got a new job" gift to myself.  The question on the Giant was actually from Patrick as I told him of what you are doing and he is very intrigued.  I have a Lava Lite glitter Grande of his and I can tell by your videos that your formula absolutely shames them. 

Kirk said:

Ok, Jim.  Let's get back to answering your questions.

So, I really like the slow glitter and the beautifully colored liquid, but the fast glitter is still my favorite.  Here is a video of the very small, colored hexagonal glitter running in fast clear liquid.  

This really looks great in Consort-style bottles.  I have the formula tuned to run on 10w intermediate bulbs.  I can send you a couple, and tell you where to buy them cheap.

I'd be happy to send you just the amount you need for your Executive (12oz fills a Consort-style bottle, I'd probably send 14oz to be safe).  The cost would be $20 shipped.  Shipping is about the same for either 14 or 32oz.

I love the Fireflow O1.  Classy.  I have run my liquid in an Aurasglow, and it worked great.  Just couldn't figure out how to seal the bottle.  Do you know what temperature your candle lamps are running at?  Temperature is key to making the fast formula flow long and well.  Of course, the slow, Florence Art-like formula doesn't care about temperature -- it will easily work.


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