Sorry Richard, looks like back to the drawing board!
Whatever. I'll just remove the wax and save it, then thoroughly clean the globe. I still have some surfactant left. My assumption is that I poured in the distilled water without mixing it with the surfactant first and that was what caused the coating to break down. Makes enough sense.
If you poured your wax in a wet globe, that was only coated with distilled water, then, that is what the problem was. Need to have some surf/ water together swish that mixture all around the virgin clean globe and ensure globe is well coated so when wax goes in the globe it will not splash up and adhere to the sides of the wall of globe, you nailed it bro, now get back to the drawing board and crack that puppy open!
Thanks! I'll get to it!
Just cleaned the globe today, and coated it with surf before adding the wax, then mixed the water with the surf before pouring it in the globe. Wax is still sticking a little. Will this go away after a while?
Your problem is in the process and cleaning of the lamp.
Dump the water, heat the goo and save it in a Pyrex measuring cup
Wash the globe in boiling hot water with DAWN.
Use a bottle brush if you have one
Rinse with hot tap water until all Dawn suds are gone
Buy some of this hand soap
Check my post on Goo for Sale for ingredients
It available at any Dollar General or buy the equivalent Palmolive version at most grocery stores
Add 2 tablespoon-sized globs to the globe
Add 2" of distilled water
Dump liquid but leave @1/2" of fluid
Add distilled water
add SURF as needed
Great advice! I remember seeing the Palmolive Pure & Clear at the local Superstore, so I'll pick that up. In the meantime, here's a pic of the lamp at full throttle. It's such a beautiful lamp. (minus the stuck goo, of course)
Fun fact: The color of this lamp was created using BLUE dye. I was quite surprised by how it turned out. This is probably why some people say that MT blue dye is terrible, but I'm not complaining!
I always thought a VOSS bottle would make a good donor lamp
BTY< I have some light purple goo if you need some fo make another
It's okay. I have another bottle with white goo. (will be orange soon) The base is made of a 398ml steel food can on top of a tuna can. Bulb used is a 40w R14. The steely texture of the base matches the cap of the bottle, giving the lamp an industrial look. Perhaps you could take that design into account.
Add some surf and come back in a few hours
It looks as if it's overheating with too much static tension
BTY, if you want more true color out of the blue, add fluorescent blue first.
It will give the goo color a base coat of white to mix with the blue and not be soo transparent
The lamp actually was still warming up. The goo actually came off the coil and then reattached once it melted (kinda weird), but I am happy with the violet color. Once this goo reaches it's end of life I'll try the true blue.
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