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Video of my recently restored Hunter lamps flowing. I tried my best to salvage the oil in as many of the Sata-Lites as I could. I refilled the rest with fast moving glitter strands that match original Sparkle-Lite glitter perfectly. I'd challenge anyone to spot the refills, even compared side-by-side with originals!

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Comment by Mark on June 3, 2019 at 5:02am

Back on topic...

A Hunter refilled from scratch.

The strands ar a lot chunkier than the original, but it looks pretty unique and will flow beautifully for hours.

Looks quite nice with a coloured bulb fitted too.

Thanks again for all of your advice Eliot!

Comment by Mark on May 31, 2019 at 11:19am

A Living Jewel which was previously in a very sorry state!

The original fluid was ever so slightly cloudy, but not enough to bin, so simply topped it up with a little tetrachloroethylen, and replaced the original flakes (turned translucent) with shredded glitter cut down even further, i.e., into little squares :)

The picture doesn't do it justice. It looks really nice, and next to an original you wouldn't know the difference from a short distance away. On closer inspection it's really just the fact that the flakes aren't uniform in size, as I cut them by hand and wasn't overly concerned about being too precise with this one!

Comment by Mark on April 17, 2019 at 2:27pm

Thank you Eliot!

Comment by Eliot on April 17, 2019 at 2:22pm

Add a little more tetrachloroethylene.

Comment by Mark on April 17, 2019 at 2:09pm

Thank you. So if the fluid isn't dense enough I need to....?

Comment by Eliot on April 17, 2019 at 2:04pm

I'm glad I can help! I've tested the liquid for flammability, even on a rag and it won't light. Tetrachloroethylene isn't flammable, and has historically been used as a fire extinguisher. It seems to counteract the flammability of the white spirit. 

If the glitter is crashing after a couple of hours then either the fluid isn't dense enough, the bulb wattage is too high, or both. 

Comment by Mark on April 17, 2019 at 2:01pm

While we're on the subject. Do you know what would cause fast fluid to overheat too quickly?

I've got the odd French lamp that will run perfectly for 1-2 hours and then the glitter crashes. 

However, mix a good amount of old crestworth fluid with it (which generally appears very stable), and it'll run for hours.

It'll certainly make refurbs easier if I can simply add a drop of Perchloroethylene and/or white spirit!

Comment by Johnny on April 17, 2019 at 1:44pm

well eliot im impressed but dont smoke or light a match next to the fluid :-O haha 

Comment by Mark on April 17, 2019 at 1:42pm

A fast flow recipe....finally!

Thank you sir, you're an absolute star.

Comment by Eliot on April 17, 2019 at 12:53pm

Hey guys. The glitter I used was cut down from what was originally quite a big bundle of shredded glitter, designed to be used as gift packaging. Quite easily available online, just gotta make sure you get the coated plastic stuff.

The fluid is a mixture of about 4 parts tetrachloroethylene (easily available, used for dry cleaning) and 1 part white spirit.

It takes a bit of fine tuning to get the mixture right. Too much tetrachloroethylene and the glitter will float, too much white spirit and it will sink. A blend that gives near neutral buoyancy but with the glitter slightly biased towards the top when cold works best. Oil based dyes work well for colouring.


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