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Recurring Wax Seperation in Crestworth Astro

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Strong Jun 19. 3 Replies

I have a vintage orange Crestworth Astro with copper base and cap. I believe it's an MK4. I don't know if it's just the age of the lamp, but the wax keeps separating. There is a lighter disc of wax…Continue

Ferrofluid Lava Lamp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Strong Jul 22, 2021. 2 Replies

Has anyone tried making a ferrofluid lava lamp? I've done a test sample with a 100ml glass, but I don't know how to adjust the gravity of it. I've used glycerin to adjust it, but I don't think it's…Continue

Earthquake Proofing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Strong May 4, 2021. 2 Replies

Out of curiosity how has your collection fared during an earthquake of any magnitude? Did your collection survive? How have you Earthquake proofed them? I just started collecting, and I'm genuinely…Continue

Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Strong Apr 30, 2021. 5 Replies

Hi so the vintage Crestworth Astro i have is currently using a 50 watt bulb on it. It flows great with it. However, the max wattage for these are 40 watts and I don't want to run the risk of…Continue

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Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Recurring Wax Seperation in Crestworth Astro
"Thanks for replying. The wax on mine is actually pretty smooth. The issue is the lighter wax pools to the top into a disc, and I guess this is the part of the wax that helps lift the heavier wax with it. I wish I had a photo, but I recently just…"
Jun 19
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Jun 19
Arne replied to Michael Strong's discussion Recurring Wax Seperation in Crestworth Astro
"Dont know if this is any help but in my experience old grainy wax becomes smooth again after adding a bit of wax dye I have left over from magma tower goo kits. I dont know what it consists of though."
Jun 17
Simon Lloyd replied to Michael Strong's discussion Recurring Wax Seperation in Crestworth Astro
"A photo would be helpful"
Jun 17
Michael Strong posted a discussion

Recurring Wax Seperation in Crestworth Astro

I have a vintage orange Crestworth Astro with copper base and cap. I believe it's an MK4. I don't know if it's just the age of the lamp, but the wax keeps separating. There is a lighter disc of wax that collects to the top of the lamp, and this significantly disrupts the flow of the heavier wax. I have recombined them many times now, but this time I want a permanent fix. Is there anything I can add to the wax to create a stronger wax bond, or even something in the maser fluid to prevent the…See More
Jun 17
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Jul 22, 2021
Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Ferrofluid Lava Lamp
"Alright, ill look for the thread. Thanks for the heads-up"
Jul 22, 2021
Critter replied to Michael Strong's discussion Ferrofluid Lava Lamp
"There is a guy who is a member here who made and sold some.  If you search the forum I am sure you  will find more info about his and his pricing, etc"
Jul 7, 2021
Michael Strong posted a discussion

Ferrofluid Lava Lamp

Has anyone tried making a ferrofluid lava lamp? I've done a test sample with a 100ml glass, but I don't know how to adjust the gravity of it. I've used glycerin to adjust it, but I don't think it's dense enough to change the gravity like it does on the lava lamps.See More
Jul 6, 2021
Arne commented on Michael Strong's blog post The vintage Crestworth I scored on ebay finally came
"Usually the bulb sockets dont come apart that easiely, they have sort of an inverted gearwheel inside the upper part and metal clip on the lower part so it can be screwed together when wired but not apart once its on there. In order to take it apart…"
May 21, 2021
Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Earthquake Proofing?
"LMAO. Moving, now that's a thought. I'll try to get some of that museum clay. I think that should work. "
May 4, 2021
Mr MaGoo replied to Michael Strong's discussion Earthquake Proofing?
"Think you could use museum clay on them, they should be fine. Regards, MaGoo!"
May 1, 2021
Michael Strong posted a discussion

Earthquake proofing?

Out of curiosity how has your collection fared during an earthquake of any magnitude? Did your collection survive? How have you Earthquake proofed them? I just started collecting, and I'm genuinely curious on how to prepare my lamps in case a strong earthquake occurs. I don't want to lose my collection. Especially my vintage ones. I live in California, so preparing for one is very important. I'd like to hear some tips and some stories good or bad about your collection after one. See More
May 1, 2021
Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb
"Update: Since the bayonet bulbs were so obscure around my area, I just bought a BA15D to e12 adapter. With the extra height from the adapter a 40 watt candelabra was able to properly heat up the lamp. Although I did need to adjust the master fluid…"
Apr 30, 2021
Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb
"I've left it overnight a few days ago on a 40 watt bulb, and it only got as far as doming. "
Apr 29, 2021
Michael Strong replied to Michael Strong's discussion Vintage Crestworth Astro not flowing with 40 watt bulb
"I should've mentioned that I'm in the States and had to convert the plug, but that shouldn't be an issue once  I've gotten a 120 volt bulb. And the only bayonet bulbs sold here that I could find was a 50 watt bulb. When I…"
Apr 29, 2021

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Something Interesting About Me:
22 years old MALE residing in the US. Leisure time is the best time
Where I Live:
CA
My First Lava Lamp was:
Green and blue lava lite I think... It was when I was a kid
My Collection Includes this many Lava Lamps:
14.5 blue and red (2020), a new generation blue and purple mathmos and a 27" purple and yellow lava lite
My Favorite Lava Lamp is:
Probably the Mathmos just because it's a better quality lamp compared to the American lamps I have.
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The vintage Crestworth I scored on ebay finally came

Posted on April 9, 2021 at 8:42pm 6 Comments

The only thing that sucks is the cap is broken. They tried to fix it by gluing the screw on cap to the metal cap. I wouldn't have a problem with it being glued if they hadn't glued it on crooked. I just used teflon tape around the thread to prevent any liquids from evaporating. Luckily all the liquids didn't drain from it. It only damped the bubble…

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I think this old 70s LAVA lite message fits this site very well

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