Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

Sorry if this uploads sideways, but it's fixed and flowing perfectly! I've never seen such beautiful flow. Only very occasional bubbles, doesn't disconnect from the coil anymore, and has snakey flow. Simply stunning. All I did was run it, and I left it on for 4 days straight adjusting the dimmer occasionally. Then I shut it down and let it cool for a day, and now it's behaving like never before. I can't believe it haha.

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Comment by Ian on February 17, 2014 at 9:17pm

The sticking is not bad at all- you can only tell from looking at the underside of the globe, you cant tell from looking at the side of the bottom, if that makes sense at all. And definitely cant tell from looking at it when it is on the base. So as far as I'm concerned, let it stick! It flows because of it! As long as it stays on the very very bottom, I dont care at all.

Comment by Ian on February 17, 2014 at 9:13pm

I just typed a whole big paragraph and accidentally deleted it so here goes again.

1. I had it not quite full blast, but on just hot enough to flow. I would adjust the dimer every once in a while, like if it started getting too hot and disconnecting from the coil ever 2 minutes instead of every 15, and if it got too cool where it would only send up grape sized blobs. I adjusted the dimmer so slightly I could not even tell I adjusted it, but it would have a big effect on the flow.

2. I think it fixed itself because the wax started to stick to the glass right underneath the entire coil and in between, so with the wax stuck in the middle it gave it something to grab on to, essentially what the second coil would do. I don't care about the sticking, because it is not visible in the slightest, and I only found out cause I lifted the globe up to see.

3. It did not happen gradually at all. It was misbehaving exactly the same way after 4 days as when I started, sending up bubbles every second. That is not an exaggeration. Every second, sometimes 2 in a second. I turned it off so that it could rest, and I figured since I saw no progress I would try again the next day. I waited for it to fully cool, and then turned it on. As soon as it heated up, I got perfect, beautiful flow- much more stretchy than it has ever been, and a mix of big and small blobs. I was completely shocked, as I was expecting it to behave in the same, crappy disconnect-from-the-coil flow or the grape-shooter flow.

This is some of my advice, I know your problem is a little different, but hey its worth a shot. Good luck if you decide to try something like that, it is really nice to not have to open it up to fix it! and we shouldn't have to open them up to fix them anyways, they should come out of the factory flowing beautifully and stay that way.

Comment by VOXul on February 13, 2014 at 9:36pm

A few questions Ian, did you have any kind of dimmer schedule when you ran it for 4 days? Was it full blast most of the time? Did your bubbles just star disappearing over the course 4 days?

I may try your trick on mine too as it runs grapes and peas. The coil has never disconnected but it pretty much just sits as a wizard hat if I crank it, it tries to flow if I dim it.  It ends up cooling too much with the dimmed flow though.

When mine sends up somewhat larger than grape blobs, they seem to contain quite a bit of bubbles, reminds me of a Lotus pod, creepy. Sometimes one bubble covers the full top domed surface of the blob too. Seeing if you had any protips, thanks!

Comment by Kirk on February 12, 2014 at 4:49am

The heritage neon grandes are still some of my favorite lamps.  Congratulations on getting the flow to return!  By the way, I sent you a friend request. 

Comment by Ian on February 12, 2014 at 1:01am

Thanks! This is the flow after I turned it off after 4 days, and Im turning it off now and Ill see how it flows tomorrow again. But its been perfect, and its been on all day. :)

Comment by Rodrigo on February 12, 2014 at 12:08am

Very nice! Congratulations! Has it been on ever since?

Comment by Loren on February 11, 2014 at 10:40pm

Whatever works! lol!

Well congratulations~

...Now if I could just get my pink one to do that!

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