OK, so I have been cycling the lamp on the 60 watt lamp, and it shows no signs of overheating. Today, I looked at the wax to make sure it was sticking to the coil, and I noticed that there are now black specks in the wax. I shut it off because I think the 60 watt bulb may be burning the wax. Now it doesn't flow properly (same as before), and it has black specks and bubbles in the wax. Is the wax in this lamp shot? Is there any way I could replace the wax and keep the crystal clear amber colored liquid?
are there signs of rust on the coil? maybe those specks are rust...not sure as it's hard to tell without a photo.
i think you have 2 options here:
1. clean the coil. when the wax is in a liquid state, fish the coil out and clean it with water and soap. dry and return to the globe.
2. increase the density of the water to encourage proper flow. you can do this by adding a pinch of epsom salt to the lamp liquid until the wax begins to rise and fall as it should. it may or may not work, but it's worth a try if you decide to open up the lamp. i would try this after cleaning the coil.
you can save the liquid and replace the wax with wax from another lamp from that time period. wax from a newer or older globe may or may not flow.
regardless, i wouldn't run it at full strength with the 60w bulb since it appears to be making the problem worse.
yeah, that coil looks really good given the age of the globe. let us know what you decide to do!
Ok, here's an update, I cleaned the coil with a degreaser, tried heating it with a lighter, nothing gets the wax to stick. I don't think its a coil problem, what could be wrong with a perfectly clean, rust free coil. But, I was still hoping it was an easy fix, so I tried a new coil. It didn't stick to it either. I think the wax has degraded over the years, so I am going to empty out the globe (keep the old contents in a jar) and goo kit it. I want to do metallic wax, would any of these http://www.sharpie.com/enus/pages/metallic-fine-point-marker.aspx work? I have seen it done in silver (looks great), but I have not seen it in gold, does gold work too?