Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

OK - several years ago I purchased glitter liquid here to fill two custom Grande lamps and followed the sealing process to a -T- from the person from whom I purchased the liquid and glitter. As time went about a year plus in the glitter began to lose all it's luster and the liquid began to turn gold so I decided to empty the bottles and replace with goo kits.  I was surprised when I took the original aluminum caps off and saw the caps I purchased underneath to replace the original rubber stoppers had warped so bad it was about to fall into the lamp.  As you can see the lid is really warped. The second cap is not as bad but you can clearly see it was on it's way to doing the same and notice the color coating on the stoppers came off probably the reason the liquid turned gold.  I actually loved the color of the liquid when it went from clear to gold...to bad the glitter faded  That being said - buyers beware when you purchased these caps. 

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I probably bought mine from the same source 

I had the same experience with that fluid as you.

And it got worse, 

Almost all the glitter deteriorated within a year or less.

Sometimes as fast as 2 months.


The main component of those lamps contained PERC and I don't think any glitter can hold up to that over time floating in it.

Even solvent resistant won't last
Its fumes deteriorated the pressure stopper on your rubber seal.

With all the returns, that is probably why the individual stopped making them

I personally spent over $1000 and have to toss out almost all of the lamps I had redone with that glitter formula

I re-glittered my Crestworth Living Jewels and Fantasia Glitter Graphics with kit sourced Stateside.

I thought I'd got away without the problems noted above, but just checked the GG's (the globe is hidden behind the Graphic design), and sure enough, several of them display the same symptoms - yellowed MF and part-ghosted glitter. 

It seems that if the globe is sealed really airtight the mix might be okay - after some evaporation (those inner caps failing) I used plumber's tape on the Living Jewels' cap thread; and so far it seems to be holding up. I really don't want to lose these re-created colours...They're over four years old now, though as you can see, the blue is fading to green...

Can anyone suggest better solutions to an airtight seal (with perc-based fills), please? 

Total bummer that this is happening to your prized lamps liquid and glitter. Your lamps deserve better. Nothing like putting a lot of time and effort to replace the liquid and glitter only to find out later that it's no longer holding up.  Total-Bummer-Rama!  Glad I did not go through with filling a colossus tank with the same liquid and glitter.  I was seriously considering doing so then decided against it.  


Claude J said:

I probably bought mine from the same source 

I had the same experience with that fluid as you.

And it got worse, 

Almost all the glitter deteriorated within a year or less.

Sometimes as fast as 2 months.


The main component of those lamps contained PERC and I don't think any glitter can hold up to that over time floating in it.

Even solvent resistant won't last
Its fumes deteriorated the pressure stopper on your rubber seal.

With all the returns, that is probably why the individual stopped making them

I personally spent over $1000 and have to toss out almost all of the lamps I had redone with that glitter formula


OMG

can you imagine the weight added over H2O?

120lbs with water was enough to handle


The Lamp Caretaker said:

Total bummer that this is happening to your prized lamps liquid and glitter. Your lamps deserve better. Nothing like putting a lot of time and effort to replace the liquid and glitter only to find out later that it's no longer holding up.  Total-Bummer-Rama!  Glad I did not go through with filling a colossus tank with the same liquid and glitter.  I was seriously considering doing so then decided against it.  


Claude J said:

I probably bought mine from the same source 

I had the same experience with that fluid as you.

And it got worse, 

Almost all the glitter deteriorated within a year or less.

Sometimes as fast as 2 months.


The main component of those lamps contained PERC and I don't think any glitter can hold up to that over time floating in it.

Even solvent resistant won't last
Its fumes deteriorated the pressure stopper on your rubber seal.

With all the returns, that is probably why the individual stopped making them

I personally spent over $1000 and have to toss out almost all of the lamps I had redone with that glitter formula

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