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Hotter bulbs

I discovered this site today when I was trying to revive some dead lamps.

Later on I went to Home Hardware and found a 40 watt bulb that fits the socket. The lamp is running great now, but may get too hot later, we'll see.

Also I added some music videos I did a couple years ago that may be of interest.


Added by Larry Lavva on November 4, 2013 at 7:29pm — 4 Comments

Getting ready to goo kit ! Thinking blood red wax, also metallic wax . TIPS WELCOME !!!

I have a VERY CLOUDY Grande that is basically a pea shooter ( even after 8 hours it doesn't flow , just pops out little balls ) :P. thinking of  going for a goo kit . I want deep blood red but I have heard the darker colors (lots of dye in the wax ) tend to stick . Also wondering about adding metallic to wax . Has anyone had very good luck with this ? I might have some 52 oz bottles coming so i can practice on them first .

Added by Joanne on October 15, 2013 at 12:42pm — 5 Comments

Make Lava Not War ;)

Some members here have a certain sense of loyalty to LL despite their current production quality. ( kind of like rooting for one of your favorite sports teams despite whether they are winning or losing ) We sometimes seem to forget how much joy this company has given all of us. Despite the new, cater to the younger crowd less expensive lamps, we all know by now how easy it is for us to get our hands on the older stuff if we are diligent in searching them out.

Bashing every new lamp…


Added by Deb on September 14, 2013 at 9:40pm — 12 Comments

Glitter Lamps-Closeouts @www.lavalite.com

Hi all,

I just posted on the Lava website Glitter Lamps closeouts in 3 different sizes.

These are original colors.  Once they are sold they are gone!  Making room for new product due in

around October. 

Don't miss it!!!

Have great weekend!!

Added by Susan Michaels on June 21, 2013 at 12:22pm — 13 Comments

A Glitter Odyssey: Pt. V, The Home Stretch

Whew! this post has been a loooooooooooong time coming.

Well, as many of you know, I've been working on making custom punched glitter, ever since I first saw that WaMu lamp and bought it on ebay...the one with the house-shaped glitter flakes. That lamp infected me with an idea!

It's taken me a lot of time, effort, and money, but I'm finally close to being able to take custom cut glitter orders...but with a disclaimer.

So ok, first things first...

After trying all…


Added by Loren on June 4, 2013 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

ID this Century

Hey everyone, 

I recently got this lamp from a local pawn shop for $40.  It's my 31st lamp and my FIRST Century!  I love it but I can't tell how old it is.  It has no stickers or markings of any kind on the base or globe.  Can anyone guess the year?…


Added by Ben on May 23, 2013 at 6:54am — 10 Comments

A Glitter in Time

I know it's been forever, but it's been a long journey for me. I finally found a glitter that works in the lamps I sell, found out what it's made of, found out how thick it is, found out where to buy some, and now I'm waiting to hear back from a ton of wholesale distributors. At first all I could find were manufacturers with minimum order requirements of 1-10 tons, but I finally found the distributors. Hopefully soon I can order some, but in the meantime I've ordered 12 different colors of…


Added by Loren on May 6, 2013 at 7:17pm — 17 Comments

Selling my collection of 200+ Mathmos & Crestworth lava & glitter lamps

Hi all I am selling all my lamps as after a move they're all still sat in the bottom of 2 large built-in wardrobes.

Someone may as well enjoy them but they seem to have taken over.

About 15% to 20% of them are more than the usual normal level of lamps.

About 30 crestworths.

All colours of Jet some metal and some T tops and some metal bases and tops too.

Specials like Milennium white telstars a blue telstar.

World cup astro baby and astro…


Added by wazzer on April 28, 2013 at 9:25am — 1 Comment


So I don't have to worry about this now, but when I was in college some one played a prank on me and stole all the caps off the tops of my lava lamps, making them all, well bald and incomplete. For about two weeks I panicked wondering if I would ever get them back, at the time I had about 14 lamps in the room, and some of the caps were for offbrand lava lamps that would have been almost impossible to find! Without having to buy the entire lamp which would leave me with two lamps, one…


Added by Ray on March 24, 2013 at 1:28pm — 4 Comments

For Sale a Mathmos Sputnik anodised blue aromatherapy lamp


I've just listed on eBay a Mathmos Sputnik anodised blue aromatherapy lamp, I have listed this with shipping to the UK but, I  would ship worldwide if anybody is interested. I have added a link to my eBay auction below.


Many thanks.


Added by paul eardley on February 25, 2013 at 4:26pm — 2 Comments

I have 16 inch lava lamp.  It appears there is a large glob of wax at top that stays there no matter how cold or hot I get it.  There is also a small amount of wax at the bottom of the globe. The lam…

I have 16 inch lava lamp.  It appears there is a large glob of wax at top that stays there no matter how cold or hot I get it.  There is also a small amount of wax at the bottom of the globe. The lamp was shaken at one time.  What steps can I perform to get this working


Added by Lew Wood on February 24, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

for sale

ok you all seen the rare boiler i have well more enquiries have found it extremely rare and valuable piece theres another one in as collection and theres a broken one mine is the other one in existance so thats why an auction house i spoke with in yorkshire suggest £1000 to £1500 if anyone is interested you have a week before it goes ebay jonas has never even seen one in the style and said himeslf it is rare i look forward to ppl question  could you email me any questions advice ect…


Added by martyn field on February 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Lamp cheep

Craigslist Grand Rapids MI - 7nwq5-3550651941@sale.craigslist.org Blue  green -holes in base Century  Its been on since early Jan so maybe gone.I am not collecting at this time so I thought maybe someone else might want it

Added by Dawn on January 20, 2013 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Finally got my all original 1974 lava lite delivered

It's a truly awesome lava lamp.  They definitely don't make them like like they used to. 

Added by Paul on January 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Could use some guidance with the retro formula experiments.... Please help!

I have been working with the Retro recipe to refill an older lamp, as well as build a homemade colossal lamp out of a 3 gallon carboy, or glass jug, suitable for brewing.  I have had some success getting the smaller lamp to run well, but on both projects, the ooze does stick to the glass!  So that's the first issue; how to stop the sticking.  I have read about the varying levels of success using clarifying shampoo.  Does this really work? There seem to be mixed…


Added by Bowen Swersey "Tinker Jack" on January 1, 2013 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

Mathmos "How To" Movie

Film about the production of a Mathmos Lava Lamp.


Added by Morbius on November 5, 2012 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Thanks to those who reached out

I live another day. God and the Angels were watching over me during this natural disaster. I lost all possessions yet still have my blessing of life. It's a treasure that can never be replaced! I'm so grateful for all my friends and those who have reached out no matter what size it was. Everything counts and everything is appreciated. Love to all you guys! OK back to ripping up roots to try and replant then somewhere else. C  ya! 

Added by WeeboTech on November 2, 2012 at 10:07am — 4 Comments

Cheap Lava...And it works...

Bed, Bath and Beyond has the 12oz Lava lamps on sale for $9.99. I picked up a couple for experiments. Fired them up, both are clear and behaving, so far...


32oz Designer is $19.99


Added by Morbius on October 13, 2012 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments


On a hunch, I decided to try and spray some stripper onto an UNpainted lamp. I just couldn't figure out why in the world only the inside of the cap anodised! I knew why the base didn't, and that's because I didn't connect the power correctly, but the cap? My friend who is helping me said something about aluminum being pre-anodised sometimes in order to seal it to keep it from oxidizing...but how did they anodise it without getting ALL of it? There must be something sprayed on…


Added by Loren on September 27, 2012 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

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