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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 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.

Comment by Mark on April 17, 2019 at 11:55am

Hi Eliot,

These look fantastic.

Would you be happy to share where you get the fast moving glitter strands from?

Thanks

Comment by Johnny on April 17, 2019 at 11:29am

i cant tell which ones are refill's perhaps if u let me move in with my princess so i can see up close lol  your refill's is it original fast moving liquid or have you made / bought some new stuff for em

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