Sometimes when they sit they get flakey and weird, the best thing to do for this is just to use the lamp about 8 hours daily, with several days of use all bubbles will go away and the wax will become more silky
Thanks. When I first turned on the lamp after deciding to try to use it, the wax looked flakey, and the color looked pinkish instead of purple. Never knock over a hot lava lamp! After heating it on the stove in a double boiler, it improved dramatically but bubbles remained but seemed to come out of the wax at the top of the bottle. This morning when I turned it on, I saw a few tiny air bubbles come off the wax as it heated up. By tonight it, it seems like the larger liquid bubbles were gone and the lava did not column as much and the wax looked very silky. Sooooo happy!
I can't thank everyone enough for the information and advise. I really like the clear with purple as I don't think they sell it anymore. I looked on eBay and a century was listed for 98 bucks. Is that a realistic price? Thanks again everyone.
if you want more spheres and less columns, you need a higher wattage bulb. if you were to add a dimmer or lower wattage bulb to the globe, it may not flow at all. it would likely just dome at the bottom.
Wow that color is amazing!! and you cannot beat crystal clear liquid... Congrats on a great lamp, take well care of it and never let it overheat and it will last forever! the base looks to be in great shape as well.