I am new to the ozzinggoo website. I have a few good questions/ discussion topics for you all.
1. Diminishing Mathmos Quality
I purchased a couple of violet/red Mathmos lava lamps from ebay (one for a friend and one for myself). They were new and in the box when they arrived but they are absolutely terrible in terms of quality. I placed both globes onto my aristocrat base and noticed that both of them were absolutely COVERED in air bubbles... I am not talking about one here and one there, when I say covered I mean COVERED. The darn things look like they are covered in dust or if someone sneezed on them. There is a UK Amazon review that also makes note of this problem. When I purchased these lamps I was under the assumption that they were the best money could buy. I guess I was fooled by the advertisement of the "Handmade in Britain" YouTube videos. Has anyone else experienced this poor quality in Mathmos Astro lamps? I spent a lot of money to get these lamps to my house and I feel like throwing them right in the trash! I will post pictures of them so you can see what I mean. The flow is great but they are absolutely covered in air bubbles. I am actually hoping to purchase a clear/turquoise Mathmos astro lamp. I hope that when I get it the quality of the glass is not as terrible as the violet/red ones I just got. Since I brought it up, does anyone here have any idea how I can get my hands on a turquoise one? I got lucky with the violet/red ones being posted on ebay, but I wont be as lucky for a turquoise one. I would have to purchase the base and the bottle separately so can anyone help me with that?
2. Old Aristocrat (Air Bubbles and Rust Specs in Wax)
I was given an old lava lamp a long time ago and I have always used it. The liquid is blue and the wax is yellow. The only thing printed on it is Oct 3, 1997 (on the felt at the bottom of the base). This lamp has been around for a real long time and it has been used a lot. The problems that I have with it are as follows:
There are air/oil bubbles in the wax. Even after letting the thing run for a long time, they are present. I have tried to do the "spinning technique" while it is cooling to pop the bubbles but they just come back. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this issue?
There are small black rust specs within the yellow wax itself. These are not noticeable unless a viewer gets really close to the lamp but I would like to get rid of them if at all possible. I have heard of filtering techniques??? Any ideas???
The level of the liquid is low even when running. Should I just open the top of it up and add some reverse osmosis water to it? The very top of the lamp doesn't have a cover I can just lift up to reveal a bottle cap. The whole black portion seems to be glued onto the globe, is this normal or did someone glue it on/screw it up?
The lamp overheats rapidly. I think this is probably the reasoning behind the air bubbles and rust? I only have a 40 watt bulb in it so I am sort of stumped as to why it is overheating. Is the wax just old and breaking down over time? The liquid is clear so I do not think that is the issue. Should I experiment with a dimmer? That is what I have read on here. Can I just use a lower wattage bulb?
3. Desire to Purchase a Turquoise Astro Bottle and Polished Aluminum Astro Base
Does anyone have any advise in terms of purchasing the turquoise astro bottle and the polished aluminum astro base? Can anyone help me with this? As stated stated above, it wont be as easy to find on ebay so how can I get these items to my house? How do you guys get your Mathmos lamps? Does anyone reading this have a turquoise astro?
I hope I was able to hold your attention for the entire post. I have the pictures of the Mathmos quality issue and my aristocrat air bubble problem attached. I hope to read some replies soon!
I've gotten a couple of crap bottles from Mathmos as well, and some really awesome ones. <shrug>
I've used Forward2Me 3 times now, and been very happy. It's expensive compared to regular shipping, but not terrible. I've been happy with my service from them. They charge by the parcel. It's a lot cheaper to group items together than send separate shipments through them. you can ship several things to them, and they will package them up into a single parcel, and send it over.