These are one-off custom designs I created during the downtime of the pandemic as a benchmark for my passion, creativity and craftsmanship for wave motion machines over the last 10 years.Each handmade vessel is fashioned from edge-lit fluorescent acrylic which is eye-popping in natural light but also UV reactive. Imagine the possibilities for fluid color combinations in one of these one of a kind pieces. Some of the vessels feature mirror backing, which is also a completely new design concept.…See More
"I'd love to help you."I can restore all of them for you
I've done several -see profile pics
However, I am in the middle of moving and will not have my lab back up and running for at least another month"
"I recently acquired the same type of lava lamp and the only difference was that the fluid in mine was cloudy - big time. I plugged it in and the wax melted but just hovered so I unplugged looked at the light bulb and it turns out it was not…"
"I have a feeling those run. They look to be in OK shape. Getting the original wax/liquid moving is going to be a safer bet than restoring. Magma tower has kits, but I (and several other members) had issues with wax sticking around the base. So much…"
"Yes I reached out to them last night and I’m waiting for them to answer some questions. Does the vintage wax go bad or is it sought after because of its characteristics? I’m still waiting to determine what this studio means…"
"Replacement wax can be difficult to acquire: you can usually buy some from https://www.magmatower.com/ , but the wax performs differently compared to the older lamps. I know some users also sell the vintage wax, so keep your eyes…"
"They have asked for “restoration” and said they aren’t working, so at this point I’m trying to get ahead of the job. Still waiting on a video to gauge the performance. Do the fluids and wax in these old unit not…"
"Cap removal and replacement are simplicity itself. These are screw caps with an O-ring. They should come off with just hand strength with some difficulty. You might need something soft to grip with though. Tools are not…"
Hi guys, it's been some time since I have visited the boards. I was recently contacted about restoring four vintage Lava Lamps for an older art installation. I don't have any experience working on them, but I do have a basic understanding of the chemistry. Can these lamps be restored to the original color and performance? The first photo is from 1986 and the rest are of the current state. What model are these? Can someone recommend a vendor for the replacement goo and perhaps a hands on…See More
Hughes Wave Motion Machines is in the process of developing fully custom wave machines. We have perfected our formula and now the vessels are being developed. We will offer an 18" model. Please come join the fun at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/WaveMotionMachines, or send us an email with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey man! Pocket wave arrived, baby steps to that new vessel! My keys just became 1000 times more badass, thank you!
Offshoot question, how do the vessels, your full plexi welded and a typical glued/extruded vessel, hold up in temperature changes? Are the fluids freeze resistant or will they freeze like water and crack the vessel?
Hi Torrey ! Thanks for leaving a comment. Since my original posting, I have established the nature of the two liquids and the tilting mechanism. As you have noted, the real challenge will be to find the appropriate acrylic tube. I have not yet found a source for rectangular acrylic. Have you made any inroads toward making a wave machine ?
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