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Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diin May 11. 12 Replies

I'm looking to swap the wax out in a lamp I have, and I'm interested in doing the wax and clear liquid from scratch. Is there a good up to date DIY formula for both the wax and the liquid? I've found…Continue

Issues finding a suitable place to buy coils, questions about mesh

Started Apr 1, 2018 0 Replies

Hey everyone-- I'm about to make my first lamp and I'm running into a hitch. I can't find anywhere to buy suitable springs to use as coils. Home Depot, Walmart, and Lowe's all have storm door…Continue

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Mr T liked Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
Jun 6
Diin replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"Awesome, Thanks :) "
May 11
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
Dave Cook replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"I'm pretty sure it is the chlorinated part that tells you it is most likely PERC/Tetrachloroethylene.  Also, non-chlorinated brake cleaner is also flammable.  "
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
Diin replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"I'm also interested in making some wax. Just wondering what brand of brake fluid you used? Does it matter if its chlorinated or not? "
May 10
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
Dave Cook replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"So are you replacing the amount of paraffin with microcrystalline, or that's how much you're adding to the formula overall?"
May 7
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
Dave Cook replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"Ant Bee- That looks like a good start to a formula based on all the reading I've done.  A couple questions to clarify:  for the Perc, are you also weighing it?  I.e. squirting it into a glass and measuring totally based on…"
May 7
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
Tetraspore replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"Not yet, no. I'm trying to achieve clarity results comparable to Clearview lamps."
Apr 11
Tevfik Dogruman liked Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
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Fernando Nicotera replied to Tetraspore's discussion Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula
"Found anything?"
Apr 11
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Having trouble locating a good up to date DIY formula

I'm looking to swap the wax out in a lamp I have, and I'm interested in doing the wax and clear liquid from scratch. Is there a good up to date DIY formula for both the wax and the liquid? I've found some really good resources here, but I seem to have a lot of trouble finding consistent all around guides for doing a lamp from scratch, wax and all.See More
Apr 7

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