Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

Okay i have a clear purple century i got a few weeks ago in the mail. It is cloudy, but i'm working on that. The main problem is my wax all going to the top of the globe and just chilling out there. It liquefies and just sits, it occasionally comes down but that is it. It is on a 40 watt bulb, which is the correct wattage. Does anyone know a solution.

 

 

Thank you in advance.

Views: 5123

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

oh it is an oldie for sure, screw cap and everything. There are two blobs at the top and one at the bottom. They are melted and when the lamp is off i have gotten the top blob to go to the bottom several times, but it all ways comes back. I currently have it on a dimmer and it seems to be helping some.
umm the dimmer doesnt do much to help.

Sounds like the wax ingredients have separated, I would pour the fluid into another container, then set the empty globe with wax left in it on a pot of GENTLY simmering water for about 10 - 15 mins. Once all parts of the wax has melted (use gloves since glass is very hot), take it out and set on a towel to let cool at room temp. for a few hours. Once wax is room temperature and is solid again, pour liquid back in, and this should work.

 

If you can't open the lamp easily, go to Bed Bath & Beyond and buy a silicone Jar opener (see pic). The second size gripping area from the left is the best to use. This distributes the pressure all around the cap. Sitting down in a chair with the globe upright secured between the legs or in the lap is safest so it doesn't fall if you loose grip. Place the gripper closest to the top since that's where the threads are.

 

 

It is looking better over time, much clearer and the flow is getting better ill post some pics soon. The tool looks very handy for opening centurys so you wont crack the cap.

Hey ... I just got myself a new china lamp .... the globe itself is about 2 feet ... the wax is not flowing ... the coil is where it is suposed to be ... but i have a blob of lava at the top of the globe which seems like after 5-6 hrs of operation is not melted enough ...

please help ... tell me how do i work this out .... im sure there is a way ... the globe does not seem like it can ever be opened .... it feels lile the cap at the top of the globe is a permanent fix ...

pls help ....

thanks in advance ...

Okay, That is kinda bad, but you can fix it. There are two methods. One, open it properly. Pour the liquid into a CLEAN container. leave 5% of the water. The wax will get near each other at the bottom. Turn the lamp on and let everything melt together. Now pour your liquid in and reseal it. Method two, heat it up and try to get the wax at the top to melt as much as you can. Then pick up the globe and tilt it to one side a little and slowly to the other. The wax at the tap might fall down. Ask me questions if you want, but other OG members are more experienced.

I am sure i have done this method 2 before, but it hasnt helped .... I am gonna try this again, and also look to open the globe. the thing is the top cover looks kinda glued on ... i guess its a make or break situation now ...

thanks and will keep you posted.

 

You guys are all insane, so much to do about NOTHING. 

 

BOTH of mine didn't require any of this crazy nonsense to fix. After sitting in an attic (for 7 years) which got to over 120 degrees in the summer and -30 in the winter, THEN being shipped from one side of the country to the other, shaken by UPS, jostled around, etc...

 

All I did was (for wax floating at top one one and both floating wax and fogginess in the other):

 

1: Turn on for 6 hours and then turn off all night 3 days in a row. Let completely cool down all night. On the 3rd night when still warm I tilted mine SLOOOOOOOOOWLY, almost all the way upside down until some of the oil substance at the bottom went to the top, so that the wax would not completely stick to the glass at the top when cooled.

 

2: Then the 4th day, BEFORE TURNING IT ON, so it's in it's cold state, take the glass off the base and tap the side-top of the glass where the wax is floating, with your finger, a plastic kitchen tool or whatever you want, but don't smack it hard to break the glass.

 

3: If that doesn't loosen the wax and make it sink, then lightly move the glass in the motion of a clock hand while tapping it.

 

4: Once the wax clump breaks loose from the top and sinks to the bottom, put back on the base, turn on and let it whirl. 

 

I left mine on all night, from 11pm - 7am and when I woke VOILA, BOTH my lamps were like BRAND NEW

 

NO OPENING, NO DUMPING CHEMICALS, NADA!

 

I tried this completely on a whim, just used basic critical thinking skills… thought it would work and VOILA… it did.

 

I have to agree with Bryan here.. most of my centuries had issues I think just cause they had not been run in a while.. three of mine had sat yrs in the attic of a hot attic in my garage. Tempts well over 100 for 8 months out of the yr..

One of which had goo sticking to top issues.. Mine did take a few months to start to flow they correct way. I did tap the sticking lava from top before heating and often gently swirled my bottle..it seems still to this day it would like to leave a soft glob up high but i will just coax it with a swirl and its fine.. funny thing is this.. if i put this bottle on one of my Aristocrat bases... it flows better.. not sure what the reason is but ..

so give it patience and try what Bryan suggested as my method was similar and worked..

If only all lamps were as easy as yours to fix. Sometimes some lamps require more drastic actions. I had a lamp that seems to be doing what kemptons is doing. The only way I was able to fix this lamp was to remove the liquid and boil the wax. The lamp wouldnt even feel warm to the touch before it all shot up to the top of the globe. Some of the older lamps have wax that separate and they have to be remixed.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian S said:

You guys are all insane, so much to do about NOTHING. 

 

BOTH of mine didn't require any of this crazy nonsense to fix. After sitting in an attic (for 7 years) which got to over 120 degrees in the summer and -30 in the winter, THEN being shipped from one side of the country to the other, shaken by UPS, jostled around, etc...

 

All I did was (for wax floating at top one one and both floating wax and fogginess in the other):

 

1: Turn on for 6 hours and then turn off all night 3 days in a row. Let completely cool down all night. On the 3rd night when still warm I tilted mine SLOOOOOOOOOWLY, almost all the way upside down until some of the oil substance at the bottom went to the top, so that the wax would not completely stick to the glass at the top when cooled.

 

2: Then the 4th day, BEFORE TURNING IT ON, so it's in it's cold state, take the glass off the base and tap the side-top of the glass where the wax is floating, with your finger, a plastic kitchen tool or whatever you want, but don't smack it hard to break the glass.

 

3: If that doesn't loosen the wax and make it sink, then lightly move the glass in the motion of a clock hand while tapping it.

 

4: Once the wax clump breaks loose from the top and sinks to the bottom, put back on the base, turn on and let it whirl. 

 

I left mine on all night, from 11pm - 7am and when I woke VOILA, BOTH my lamps were like BRAND NEW

 

NO OPENING, NO DUMPING CHEMICALS, NADA!

 

I tried this completely on a whim, just used basic critical thinking skills… thought it would work and VOILA… it did.

 

I'm going to agree with Autumn here. I had separated wax, too, and NOTHING would make the wax rejoin. I tried several things over a few days and nothing would bring the wax down. I had to open and boil. 

 



Brian S said:

You guys are all insane, so much to do about NOTHING. 

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Support Oozing Goo

lava lamp auctions

By using the eBay button above, you support OG if you purchase anything. Thanks for thinking of us. Mark Goo

© 2014   Created by Mark Goo.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service