Hi there, I bought an old 70's lava lamp at a boot sale on Sunday. I already own one that my Granny left me. I was fascinated by it as a kid and she left it to me when she died. It's a copper one with red water and red wax and still works a treat. Anyway, I saw an identical one at the boot sale except it has yellow/gold water and yellow/gold goo. The wire had been cut and the base was a bit dented but I wanted it as a companion to my other one - sad I know.
The goo was lying at the bottom in loads of stalagnite type pieces. I rewired it and fired it up. After a while the goo started to melt and some bubbles broke free and floated. The next time I looked at it, the water had gone really cloudy and the goo had all floated to the top and melted together. That's pretty much where we're still at. It has the coil at the bottom with some whiteish gritty bits around it, as well as a wee bit of wax. The water is cloudy and the majority of the wax is just sitting at the top. I've added a couple of photos as my description might be a bit hard to follow.
Is there anything I can do? I was thinking of draining it through a coffee filter and then refilling it but I don't want to make a bad situation worse. Can anyone give me any advice to restore this old girl to her former glory?