Hi everyone, this is my first post to OozingGoo. I've heard so much about this site , and have lurked on it from time to time just to look into lava lamps.
I have three lava lamps right now, and I just bought numbers 2 and 3. I'm not as big of a collector as I know a few of you are, but I still like watching them, their soft glow really calms me.
So, here's what's up. I bought the second and third lamps as my first lamp, which I've had for probably 8-10 years, is doing what a lot of people's lamps have done in the past - it's creeping up the side. However, I've discovered that it doesn't even make it halfway - as it stands it's very stagnant on the side of the lamp. It doesn't even have any lava climbing to the top. I have to admit that I shook it a long time ago, and as it stands I gave it a long time (probably a few years) of cycling the lamp to get it back to where it is now.
What I'd like to do is take the water and wax out, clean the lamp down with a bottle brush (I can be very meticulous, and I know that's important here) and then refill it with the materials again. However, I have no idea where to acquire the chemicals I've heard mentioned in the past, so I'm hoping that if I do this correctly, I won't need to adjust the chemical levels in the water.
I've attached a couple of pictures to see if someone can suggest something. Soap and water and a very good rinse for the bottle? Should I put both the wax and water in a container/measuring cup so that the wax's chemicals don't dissipate? How would you recommend getting the wax out, and back in, anyhow? Simply warming the bottle/measuring cup in a pot of water on the stove?
Thanks for your help!