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WTB: Looking for 32 oz Clearview lamp(or just base) also open to trades.

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Hi,I have a soft spot for the Clearview lamps and have been seeking one for awhile now but for some reason haven't been able to find one, or I do find one locally and for whatever reason things fall…Continue

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Awesomely lucky 17 inch/32 oz blue "Designer" lamp refurbishment weirdness. Is this normal, anyone else had similar situation?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Apr 4. 1 Reply

I got a 17 inch/32 oz "Designer" lamp, the blue base with blue wax variety.  When I picked it up(used) it was totally clear but had obvious very fine white powder collected at the bottom...the usual…Continue

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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James K. replied to Nick Stefanisko's discussion Hello, my name is Nick, and I'm a Lava junkie.
"Haha, that cartoon is funny cause it hits home just a bit too much, lol. Actually there has been a good natured ongoing argument between my girlfriend and I as to who's collection has gone too far and negatively impacts our apartment's…"
Wednesday
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WTB: Looking for 32 oz Clearview lamp(or just base) also open to trades.

Hi,I have a soft spot for the Clearview lamps and have been seeking one for awhile now but for some reason haven't been able to find one, or I do find one locally and for whatever reason things fall through etc. I prefer not to use ebay as prices tend to be erratic from what I've noticed for Clearviews recently(and I'd rather just deal with Oozinggoo members instead).  I'm interested in buying/trading for either a complete lamp and base or just the base if you prefer.  I don't have a large or…See More
Wednesday
James K. replied to ddblues's discussion Best Goo Formula?
"BamaMatt: I've been able to get 1kg of microcrystaline wax for free from various chemical supply companies. Just have a non gmail email address and pretend to be someone working for a company researching a new product that might need that kind…"
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Apr 14
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Copper Grande

Took the base for one of my grandes and painted it with copper metallic spray paint. Sanded with coarse sandpaper, then wet sanding with 4000 grit, washed with dishsoap then trisodium phosphate for grease and oil removal. Two thin coats of adhesion…
Apr 13
MichaelN77 liked James K.'s discussion Awesomely lucky 17 inch/32 oz blue "Designer" lamp refurbishment weirdness. Is this normal, anyone else had similar situation?
Apr 5
Keith replied to James K.'s discussion Awesomely lucky 17 inch/32 oz blue "Designer" lamp refurbishment weirdness. Is this normal, anyone else had similar situation?
"I've heard of grande's flowing with surf and distilled water only so it stands to reason that smaller lamps would do the same.  Luck of the draw with these china lamps.  I guess it shows that continuity from batch to batch is…"
Apr 4
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Awesomely lucky 17 inch/32 oz blue "Designer" lamp refurbishment weirdness. Is this normal, anyone else had similar situation?

I got a 17 inch/32 oz "Designer" lamp, the blue base with blue wax variety.  When I picked it up(used) it was totally clear but had obvious very fine white powder collected at the bottom...the usual china wax cloud powder. It had not been run in quite awhile.  As expected it quickly became moderately cloudy after being run looking like the pictures I've seen here of all the other lamps of this type, so I decided to try and refurbish it by replacing the fluid with distilled water, epson salt,…See More
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Dan Curb replied to James K.'s discussion Just made my first custom lamp/goo too.
"Well done!show us some pics after dying the wax. Cheers!"
Feb 20
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
Feb 19
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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…
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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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