Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

Hey everyone! Long time no see. So I have had a Colossus sitting empty in my house for a few years now after it wouldn't flow when I put a Gookit in it. I finally decided it was a shame to keep it in its sorry state.
For a quick recap of the original project you can check out this uploaded picture and read the comments.

I started this project with a call to the fine people at Magma Tower to get some advice on what went wrong when I originally tried this out. I emptied the water out most of the way to make it easier to move the lamp since I had moved a few times over the years. It turns out if you want to store their goo they suggest you store it dry so the water doesn't leech chemicals out of the wax. I was also told that chemicals can be left over from the original lamp contents that will stop the lamp from flowing. I also found out that even residue left on the cap can stop the flow once the cap starts to drip from the humidity. Finally I got the prescription for the lamp.

Scrape the top layer of wax off because it likely will have issues due to chemical leeching.
Wash it out with surfactant. 2oz should do.
Buy a 16oz bottle of surfactant and 8-9 gallons of distilled water.
Refill the lamp, add the surfactant, see if it flows.

Some stats for others going down this route.

  • The lamp needs 10ml of surfactant per quart. The lamp is 40 quarts(10 gallons) so I will need to add 13.5oz of surfactant.
  • The lamp should have a 20/80 goo to water ratio.
  • 175 watts is about what you need for a light. Bigger lava lamps are dramatically more effected by ambient temperature so you should probably use a 200 watt light and use a dimmer to maintain a stable temperature.
  • The top of the lamp should come in at 125-134 degree Fahrenheit.

I originally ordered 4 quarts of goo. I asked if that may have been my issue and I was told no, but it will have less wax at the bottom. I may end up having to buy 4 more quarts to reach. This kind of throws off the calculations slightly, but shouldn't effect anything.

I should have my surfactant next week, but I'll be out of state for a business trip. I'll update this post when I get back.

Anyways... picture time.

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Whole gallon?
Well after thinking about it more, considering how much I had to use with vintage wax and a grande, that amount may be about right.
that bottle i sent you might be the drop in the ocean as far as size, but at least you have some to use in other lamps/

Suggestion: Id shut that off and let that puppy cool down until the goo settles.

Progress update. It's still slightly cloudy. It has been that way since I added the surfactant. I'm hoping it will clear up with time. I'll take some nice photos once it clears up. If it doesn't clear up within a month I'll replace the liquid again. Besides that the flow is good and it runs without issue.

Killer flow

It's still clearing and I'm still working on figuring out how to properly use this camera for a good shot. Here are some quick ones I grabbed this morning before work.

I like the stringy goo

I still wasn't really happy with how the lamp was flowing and after leaving it sitting for another couple of years I refilled it again. It still did not want to flow following the standard formula Magma Tower provides on their site. After talking to Claude I discovered Magma Tower offers a "tower formula". This formula has less dense wax and it meant for bigger lamps. They only make this wax twice a year so if you are going to refill your colossus make sure to ask for this wax. The normal wax will not work.

Anyways here it is refilled again with the tower wax dyed orange. Flows without any alterations to the water.

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