Hey all! My lava lamp's coil somehow got twisted into a figure 8. I tried shaking it a little, rotating the base, placing the globe in hot water... it still won't untwist. Is there a way to fix this without opening the top? I have a vintage lamp with a screw top. If I have to open the lamp, will this cause it to not work the same after opening it due to a change in the pressure/air?
Is the lamp still flowing ok?
It still flows, but in an irregular way than before. It doesn't flow up from the middle, but more on one side. Now the lava will flow to the top and form a lump.
I just tried with the magnets and I got it to not stick together, but after I let go it went back to the figure 8! So weird lol I am going to take the plunge and open my first lava lamp with a silicone jar opener. But if I open the screw top, is it hard to seal it without leaking? I heard there is an adhesive on those screw tops? Also, to tighten the screw top, is it just simply turning it back in place or is there anything else I need to do to keep it from leaking? Thanks!
That's a great idea!! I used a coat hanger but you have to be careful. I shredded the lava totally on one of my lamps. I got mad when I couldn't grab the coil as I fished for it and started like stirring with the coat hanger...DON"T DO THAT!!! lol!!!
It worked! Thanks so much for that.. It seemed that the coil was almost twisted like a rubber band so it would remain in that shape. I had to unhook the coil and adjust it so it wasn't twisted. It is now working very well! Those tops can be hard to remove though lol I kept turning it and turning it until it made that popping sound like a jar would make lol
And now my next question is...lol As I was trying to move the coil manually by tilting the globe last week (before I had opened the top), it created a lot of bubbles in the process, probably similar to shaking the lamp I would imagine. I see a lot of tiny bubbles within the lava itself. There is a blob that floats right to the top as the lava melts. Is it possible that these bubbles will dissolve over time as I run the lamp again, or do I need to boil the lava to get that blob from floating to the top? Thanks!
Hmmm ok Hopefully it will resolve on it's own. I feel nervous boiling the wax so I will just cycle it until it gets better.