I'm looking to swap the wax out in a lamp I have, and I'm interested in doing the wax and clear liquid from scratch. Is there a good up to date DIY formula for both the wax and the liquid? I've found some really good resources here, but I seem to have a lot of trouble finding consistent all around guides for doing a lamp from scratch, wax and all.
Are you then using salt to tune in the balance? I thought that I read in here that there is another ingredient to sub for salt?
My mix that I have ran pretty successfully is lab grade De-ionized water / Ethylene Glycol 70/30%
Note: im not using your typical light bulb for the heat source....so I'm sure that my balance would not be the same.
My goo is Gulf wax, perc brake clean 66/33% plus white wax dye. About 4-5 drops of soap and 5-7 tablespoons of salt.
Now after reading in here just ordered some liquid paraffin, SLS and going to try propelyne glycol. Would love to get a long term stable mix.
I'm also interested in making some wax. Just wondering what brand of brake fluid you used? Does it matter if its chlorinated or not?
Ant Bee said:
I've got a very good formula going- modified from another user here. I just don't have microcrystalline yet. But it looks great and flows just like the real thing.
WAX Ingredients (by weight)
1 Parts Liquid Paraffin (clear lamp oil)
6 Parts Paraffin Wax
5 Parts Perc (Non-flammable Brake Cleaner)
For the liquid:
70% Distilled water
30% Propelyne Glycol (I got mine from a farm & feed store, its sold as an additive to cattle feed)
Clear Dish Soap with as few additives as possible. Just a few drops, then adjust based on how it flows. More = stringier flow, less = tighter spheres.
If your liquid turns cloudy, it's the soap and you need to find another kind. I ordered 8 pounds of Sodium Laurel Sulfate from the web, which is the pure ingredient I'm looking for as a surfactant.
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