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Yellow is a blankspace in Mathmos' repertoire. Ok, there was the yellow dayglow jet with yellow wax in the early noughties. But as far as I know there was never a yellow Astro or AstroBaby, only the lime green Astros they sold years ago.

Time for DIY!!

I bought two clear-lime Astros and one clear-green Astro, and also some fluoro green and some yellow wax dye. All bottles came very cloudy (and very cheap). I changed the fluid, colored the green wax with the fluoro green dye and one of the lime Astros with yellow dye.

The result is wonderful (Picture comes close, but in reality they all are more saturated and glarier, and the one on the right is indeed a real yellow, not orange).

left to right:
Astro clear-neon green
Astro clear-lime
Astro clear-sun yellow

I own something around 20 Astros, but these are under my top favorites!

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Comment by Peter Panussi on September 24, 2017 at 10:53am

@Nee: How does the smart Astro bottle work on a normal 40W golfball bulb? Is it real yellow? On the pictures it looks very pale, but i never saw on in real.


@Claude: I personally don't like copper, I own something around 60,70 lamps alltogether, and most of them are alu/silver, and a handful colored, but not a single copper one. That's just my taste, principally copper base, clear fluid & yellow lava could make a classy, atmospheric lamp.

Comment by Claude J on September 22, 2017 at 5:54am

I bet those yellows also look fantastic with a copper base/cap.

Comment by Tribble on September 22, 2017 at 5:44am
I think all three look great, perhaps you could go and work for Mathmos? :)
Comment by Claude J on September 22, 2017 at 5:42am

I tried to dye red wax with light blue to get a light purple, but the result was a dark red, almost like Mathmos' plum.


Well, thats good to know!

Comment by Peter Panussi on September 22, 2017 at 5:10am

@Trible: I didn't test it, but I think lime plus blue would turn the wax in some darker, greenish color.

I tried to dye red wax with light blue to get a light purple, but the result was a dark red, almost like Mathmos' plum.

The sun yellow wax resulted from lime wax and only a very small amount of yellow dye (like 2 or 3 drops).

Comment by Claude J on September 21, 2017 at 11:56pm

Its great feeling to create a one of a kind lamp./

Kinda like building your own car and getting behind the wheel for the first time!

(Except faster, more affordable, and easier)

Kero, just change the fluid with distilled water

Add propelyene glycerol to give it flotation as needed

Comment by Tribble on September 21, 2017 at 6:06pm
Would adding blue dye to a lime green also make yellow?
Comment by kero48 on September 21, 2017 at 5:35pm

Superb! I love yellow and clear, hence why I am trying to sunfade a purple luquid  yellow wax 52oz new lamp to get clear and yellow lol.

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