Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

OK sci-fi-folks, we all know that Carousel never works, no one ever Renews. Once your palm crystal starts blinking, it's game over. My 30 year old Aristocrat stopped moving. The wax just kind of puffed up and laid at the bottom. So I figured, what the hell, I'll crack it open and try to bring it back to life.

The Aristocrat has a really easy to remove screw cap and mine had about 15mm of space between the bottom of the cap and the cold water line. That's quite a lot of gap. First I unscrewed the cap, turned it on, and let it heat up for 4hrs. Then I added distilled water to bring the level up, and then waited another hour for it to come up to temperature again. Still no action. I then added a couple of drops of clear dish soap, and immediately there was some action. Not a lot, and it calmed after a few minutes. Then I started adding Epsom salt water. The water is super saturated, so I added it just a few drops at a time. With each drop there was violent movement. But it would calm a few seconds later. After adding about a tablespoon of saltwater, it came back to life. Re-sealed it hot. The movement is a bit different than before, but it's glooping and blobbing quite well now. This is the second lamp I have tried to restore and my first one that was 100% successful. The other one had good results with flow, but had a bottle cap, and I cracked the globe while trying to re-seal it. Screw caps are a major advantage.

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I have some Light purple/dark blue, red and a crapload of other colors if you need any.

Yellow is already allocated



Nick Stefanisko said:

I'm kind of wishing I had gotten the full size goo kit, I only have enough goo for one more refresh of a lamp this size. I still want to do something with one of my 11in lamps.

Skill? It was just dumb luck and a fair amount of blunder.

Claude J said:

I wouldn't touch it, it looks great and that is difficult to reproduce

anybody can do red but the right shade of Cranberry takes some skill

good idea on the dimmer

<takei>Oh my!</takei>

Claude J said:

I have some Light purple/dark blue, red and a crapload of other colors if you need any.

Yellow is already allocated



Nick Stefanisko said:

I'm kind of wishing I had gotten the full size goo kit, I only have enough goo for one more refresh of a lamp this size. I still want to do something with one of my 11in lamps.

Sometimes accidents invent great things!

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