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Just made my first custom lamp/goo too.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Curb Feb 20. 1 Reply

My first fully from scratch custom lamp, just finished getting the water density set and the surfactant feels correct but after a couple hours running I'll see if possibly more is needed(I'm pretty…Continue

Extending original wax by adding paraffin (or similar) wax? Any experience/comments?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Feb 15. 3 Replies

I have a cheap Chinese perma-cloudy lamp, purchased primarily so I can use the wax for a custom lamp.  My question is: has anyone here tired “extending” the original wax by melting it together with…Continue

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"Well done!show us some pics after dying the wax. Cheers!"
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James K. replied to BaBa-Gooey's discussion Why are my bulbs blowing out like this?
"I've seen that happen several times before. If a bulb has been running a while so its pretty hot and moisture touches the part of the bulb the thermal shock causes a small crack and as Keith mentioned the filament then burns in the presence of…"
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Just made my first custom lamp/goo too.

My first fully from scratch custom lamp, just finished getting the water density set and the surfactant feels correct but after a couple hours running I'll see if possibly more is needed(I'm pretty sure its okay though). Now I just need to dye the wax. Going for an opaque ivory white which should have a nice effect viewed through the blue fluid(its blue with a few drops of red ink).  The wax is regular paraffin with 5% microcrystalline wax, the tacky/sticky white kind.For the base I'm going to…See More
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Something Interesting About Me:
Software Developer / Unix-Linux System Administrator by occupation. For a hobby I enjoy using many of the skills developed for my career along with self taught electrical engineering, amateur chemistry, wannabe metalworking, stopgap woodwork, and components acquired from trashed consumer electronics or flea markets to design and build useful devices/machines/"things"/etc. The goal of the projects being that the end results appear too high a quality to be composed of electronic junk(usually rescued from the trash) and at a total cost next to nil. For example my own hardware password manager, milliamp/volt accurate and stable bench power supply(0-45V range, pmbus, + misc), bluetooth or USB mechanical keyboard, and a Raman spectrometer(in progress). And lastly of course attempting to make my own(stable/correct behaving) lava lamp from scratch without dangerous, too hard to find, or handle chemicals.

Or put much more succinctly I enjoy learning all I can about something and then trying to put that knowledge to use to produce something of a level of quality I can be happy with.
Where I Live:
The Pacific Northwest of America(nearby where Columbia River empties to the ocean)
My First Lava Lamp was:
A Lavalite(US made) 14 inch yellow wax / purple fluid classic with silver base.
My Collection Includes this many Lava Lamps:
4
My Favorite Lava Lamp is:
My first lamp, the 14 inch yellow wax/purple fluid silver base Lavalite.
Relationship Status:
In a Relationship
One of My Favorite Websites:
http://www.hackaday.com

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