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DIYers, where are you getting your coils?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Critter May 1. 4 Replies

I'm hooked on making my own lamps from scratch, and the only thing I can't seem to source in bulk (at a good cost) is the coils.  The zinc coated extension springs look like the real thing, but they…Continue

Creating a tiny custom lamp from scratch: A Quarantine Adventure.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ant Bee May 7. 6 Replies

Hi all!  I made an account just to share my story with you- I posted all this to the LavaLamps Subreddit. I'm hoping to…Continue

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Ant Bee replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"I have actually used both tetra and perc successfully, they seem to do the same thing"
May 11
Ant Bee replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"The brand doesn't matter- Just make sure its the non-flammable kind with Perc listed as the main ingredient."
May 11
Ant Bee replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"Right.  No matter what, the ratio of wax to PERC/Lamp oil is going to be the same."
May 8
Ant Bee replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"Yeah, I put an empty jar on my scale, tare it, then weigh the fluids.  I don't go by volume, only weight. I've been messing with the microcrystalline in several ratios, and so far the best seems to be 1 part micro to 4 parts…"
May 7
Ant Bee replied to Ant Bee's discussion Creating a tiny custom lamp from scratch: A Quarantine Adventure.
"I ordered 9 pounds of it online, from Michaels."
May 7
Ant Bee replied to Dave Cook's discussion Sticking to the Sides
"I'm curious to know how your brake cleaner isn't coming out of the wax without adding lamp oil. The best method (and I've tried a bunch) to get it to not stick is: While the wax is melting, take your clean bottle and put just alittle…"
May 7
Dave Cook replied to Ant Bee's discussion Creating a tiny custom lamp from scratch: A Quarantine Adventure.
"Cool experimenting. If you don't like Gulf wax, what did you use for your paraffin?"
May 7
Critter replied to Ant Bee's discussion DIYers, where are you getting your coils?
"I suppose it could be but I think much of what is available for screen doors now days is that vinyl stuff or maybe the cheap metal screen door stuff that can rust.  I have only used Stainless Steel mesh cloth to keep it from causing rust…"
May 1
Claude J replied to Ant Bee's discussion DIYers, where are you getting your coils?
"I have even used Stainless Ball Bearings "
May 1
Ant Bee replied to Ant Bee's discussion DIYers, where are you getting your coils?
"Innnnteresting on the wire mesh, is that just the stuff you use in a screen door??"
May 1
Critter replied to Ant Bee's discussion DIYers, where are you getting your coils?
"I have  used the zinc coated steel springs (bought at Lowes) and had good luck with them. I have also used stainless steel mesh cloth too with fine success.   The steel mesh cloth is easier to use in cylinder style globes however.  A…"
May 1
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DIYers, where are you getting your coils?

I'm hooked on making my own lamps from scratch, and the only thing I can't seem to source in bulk (at a good cost) is the coils.  The zinc coated extension springs look like the real thing, but they don't seem to conduct heat like they should.  What should I get?See More
May 1
Ant Bee replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"I've got a very good formula going- modified from another user here.  I just don't have microcrystalline yet.  But it looks great and flows just like the real thing. WAX Ingredients (by weight) 1 Parts Liquid Paraffin (clear…"
May 1
Ant Bee replied to Ant Bee's discussion Creating a tiny custom lamp from scratch: A Quarantine Adventure.
Apr 27
Ant Bee replied to Ant Bee's discussion Creating a tiny custom lamp from scratch: A Quarantine Adventure.
"Wow I did not know that!!  It really does make sense, the stuff looks JUST like 90's red lava in liquid form. They stated on their site that they begin melting at 105f, and it seemed like as I was melting all the other waxes in the same…"
Apr 23
Keith replied to Ant Bee's discussion Creating a tiny custom lamp from scratch: A Quarantine Adventure.
"Fun fact; Lavaworld usedto source wax from Crayola. Something to consider, crayons have hardeners added to keep them from melting with normal use so that may effect their suitability.  Not that I'm trying to be a downer though,…"
Apr 23

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Something Interesting About Me:
I play guitar, badly.
Where I Live:
Maine
My First Lava Lamp was:
An early 90's Blue base/wax.
My Collection Includes this many Lava Lamps:
6
My Favorite Lava Lamp is:
My original Spencers early 90's red that still kicks ass to this day
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