Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

My blue/red that's futzed.

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Comment by Erin on January 6, 2011 at 2:06pm

I've tried that too, Autumn. I'll be doing another round of tests tonight!

I will tell your secret to no one.

Comment by Autumn on January 6, 2011 at 2:03pm
Since my first secret technique has failed you let me teach you my second secret technique. You can slowly flip the lamp upside down and right side up several times. You just have to be sure to stop before you shake up the lamp too bad. The key is to do this very slowly but try to get the two blobs of wax to touch. Eventually some wax from the bottom will begin to stick to the wax to the wax at the top and eventually cause it to sink.
Comment by Dr. WHAT?! on January 6, 2011 at 9:47am
I know but that's part of being a goohead, you must have patience with lamps :)
Comment by Erin on January 6, 2011 at 9:45am
It's a 2001. I'll try my best to be patient, I promise! :D Gonna be hard though.
Comment by Dr. WHAT?! on January 6, 2011 at 9:44am
Sounds like a newish globe to me. Just give it time and be patient with it, it'll start to do what it's suppose to do with regular runs.
Comment by Erin on January 6, 2011 at 9:41am

Thanks for the advice Shawn. When I had it on a 40w bulb, it just sat there in a mound on the bottom (stuff still stuck at top). When I put in a 60W, it would rise, but only half way (stuff still stuck at top). No matter what I did, when heated up, that stuff at the top would not descend.

Since I turned it off last night, this morning, I was able to gently shake the lamp and the top part finally fell to the bottom. It would seem the lighter part of the wax has separated and is hanging out at the top of the lamp when on.

Comment by Dr. WHAT?! on January 6, 2011 at 9:27am

lol well I just think this color combo, overheats very badly. When I first got my 52 oz. (brand new from LW) it was on a 40 watt it wouldn't take more then 2 hours for it to overheat and detach from the coil and sit in a hovering blob due to the overheating. It pretty much acted like yours. So instead of super heating it with a 60 watt, use a 25 watt for most of the day and see what happens. But first I'd let it cool completely so you can flip the globe around to get the top part of the wax to fall down so it can all remelt together. If you can't get it down then just let it melt as much as possible and wiggle the top of the globe so it starts to fall. It'll come down eventually and then run it on a 25w.

Comment by Erin on January 6, 2011 at 9:16am

It looks like it hasn't been run much at all. I ran it last night on a 60 and I the lava would rise half way up and then wouldn't do anything else. I can't seem to get the lava at the top to come down (when lamp is warmed up) and the lava at the bottom won't meet the top stuff. It's a 2001 blue/red USA made, so I have hopes that it can be fixed.


I wanted a blue/red so badly and I got this piece of doodie! LOL

Comment by Dr. WHAT?! on January 6, 2011 at 9:12am
Hey Erin, I have this same color but in a 52 oz. and it overheats really, really quick so I have to run it on a 25 watt bulb in order to get it to flow right. Try using a 25 bulb and let it run all day and see if that does anything. Also if it was a globe that's never been run too much it may just need to break in still. Just give it time before you start opening it and tinkering with it.
Comment by Erin on January 6, 2011 at 9:05am

Yeah, I know. :( I've been trying a method recommend by Autumn, but so far, no go. We'll see how it does tonight. I've read your posts Spence and my last result will be popping the cap and boiling the lava to get it to go together.


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