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well as it seems I wasnt the only one who made a glitterball custom for his lunar. there is one on ebay uk atm and on one of the pics is a very strange astro base...any ideas what this is?

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thats almost a bargain;)

I just won a green glitterball Astro baby and the master fluid doesn't seem too be water based at all - seems to be thicker; more gloopy. Looks like neat glycerine to be honest - does anyone if that is correct?


 
Tim Gill said:

Really, I doubt it, its more that they dont want to admit that they did and then consider bringing back the formular or having anything to do whith it - why I don't know as the glitterball was a fantastic lamp and I am sure it will sell if they bring it back.  

I know the masterfluid is easy to get hold of as its just one ingredent but the wax is another matter.

Why is it harder to refill a glitterball then other lamps.


Arne said:

mathmos doesnt even know they did glitterballs nowadays:) new masterfluid can be acquired though. but its not just the material...if you never did a refill before, chamces are good to ruin such a big globe as it needs a very calm hand and patience
yes, it's 100% glycerine. tried it. works:)
because the wax is much more slippery and doesnt solidify straightaway when poured. it's not exactly harder but if you screw up and let's say the liquid wax touches the globe inside and runs down the glass before hitting the masterfluid its a mess to clean properly. you have to be patient and accurate to get good results.

Tim Gill said:

Really, I doubt it, its more that they dont want to admit that they did and then consider bringing back the formular or having anything to do whith it - why I don't know as the glitterball was a fantastic lamp and I am sure it will sell if they bring it back.  

I know the masterfluid is easy to get hold of as its just one ingredent but the wax is another matter.

Why is it harder to refill a glitterball then other lamps.


Arne said:

mathmos doesnt even know they did glitterballs nowadays:) new masterfluid can be acquired though. but its not just the material...if you never did a refill before, chamces are good to ruin such a big globe as it needs a very calm hand and patience

What do you mean before hitting the masterfluid - surely the wax is put in first, let to become solid and then the masterfluid added - this is much more of a time consuming process though so it would take a lot longer on a mass scale. This is why when lamps are made (regardless of company) the wax is poured in and it goes every where (i.e. all over the globe). The globe is then put into a water bath to melt the wax and clean up the globe then then once cool the master fluid is added. This process also has the added benefit of testing the glass - if they brake then it wouldn't work anyway

Iput the masterfluid in first to avoid sticking

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