Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

I have two (2) very old lava lamps that are very old but they work great, with the exception of the cracked plastic screw on lids.  They became brittle with age and the gold colored plastic lids have cracked.  There are O-Rings inside them to seal them.  The O-Rings are perfect, but I just need to replace the threaded on type lid.  One light says Model 1120, June, 1976 on the bottom.  Another sticker inside says Underwriters Laboratories, Issue #C7358, and E-40250 on it.  The lid is wider at the bottom neck of it and slightly less diameter at the top crown of it.  2 3/8" diameter at the widest part, and just shy of 2" at the very top (narrowest part).  The other one is identical but without stickers.

Can someone help me with replacement lids or tell me what kind of generic lid or lid from something else that can be used to solve my problem?

I can send anyone my phone number or will call you if you can help me.

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Thanks, Mike Reisman

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Well, I am here to report some success to everyone, and maybe what I found will help everyone else.  I went to a store, and I found a one gallon jug of PINE SOL, and it had a plastic yellow lid that even has a disk in it to help it all seal.  I took that lid and it perfectly fits and seals my Lava Lamp.  Apparently what I have is the Aristocrat Lave Light.  Then I had an extra slip over cover that simply dropped down over the screw on lid, and the whole thing is functional, looks original, and is superior.  So everyone should file away that source of the one gallon jugs of Pine Sol - those lids are a perfect fit.

So I will get one more gallon to resolve my second Lava Light, now I need one more slip over lid cover.  As you can see from the photo, it is smooth and non-threaded.  Any color is ok, but my base is a very light faded satin gold color, so that tone would be best, if anyone can find one of these they can spare.  I will pay all expenses.

My slip over cover measures 2 5/8" in diameter across the bottom or the widest part.  It measures 2" in diameter across the top, which is the narrowest part.  The overall height is 1 7/8".  A faded satin gold or satin brass color is best, but a satin aluminum color will certainly work - beggars can't be choosey.  I hope someone can round one of these up.

Thanks to everyone for all the help, and I hope my findings will help some of the rest of you.

Mike

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Good job!  One thing to look for in a couple of weeks is if any water streaks are showing on the outside of the globe.  I had thought I had mine sealed but upon further inspection it had allowed some seepage when hot.  

Also just so you know, one thing somewhat less rare for lava lamps than spare screw caps are spare topper caps.

Mike Reisman said:

Well, I am here to report some success to everyone, and maybe what I found will help everyone else.  I went to a store, and I found a one gallon jug of PINE SOL, and it had a plastic yellow lid that even has a disk in it to help it all seal.  I took that lid and it perfectly fits and seals my Lava Lamp.  Apparently what I have is the Aristocrat Lave Light.  Then I had an extra slip over cover that simply dropped down over the screw on lid, and the whole thing is functional, looks original, and is superior.  So everyone should file away that source of the one gallon jugs of Pine Sol - those lids are a perfect fit.

So I will get one more gallon to resolve my second Lava Light, now I need one more slip over lid cover.  As you can see from the photo, it is smooth and non-threaded.  Any color is ok, but my base is a very light faded satin gold color, so that tone would be best, if anyone can find one of these they can spare.  I will pay all expenses.

My slip over cover measures 2 5/8" in diameter across the bottom or the widest part.  It measures 2" in diameter across the top, which is the narrowest part.  The overall height is 1 7/8".  A faded satin gold or satin brass color is best, but a satin aluminum color will certainly work - beggars can't be choosey.  I hope someone can round one of these up.

Thanks to everyone for all the help, and I hope my findings will help some of the rest of you.

Mike

nice!  let us know if it leaks after being heated and cooled a few times.  if not, i may be in the market for a gallon of the 'sol.

I might be able to help. I have access to a plastic replicator. there are high temp plastics but I have no way of knowing if this will work without being able to test the cap. I do not have either of these lamps but if you'd be willing to send me the lid I might be able to help.

Do you mean the old original caps that are cracked and split?  I would be happy to call you and speak to you directly about this.  Thanks for taking time and concern for me.

Mike Reisman

Yes, and/or whatever you have that fits the bottle. I would make a cap and return it with anything shipped to me. I wouldn't need the base or anything as you'd have to test that to see how it wears over time, but if a bottle is empty that would help too. I've never tested this as all of my lamps are intact but I am willing to try. I have the 90's standard midnight lamps and one midnight aristocrat.. nothing older, yet.

Or if anyone is local, I am located in Michigan and we could test before anyone needs to pay shipping costs.

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Do you mean the old original caps that are cracked and split?  I would be happy to call you and speak to you directly about this.  Thanks for taking time and concern for me.

Mike Reisman

You are so nice to do this for me.  My email address is reism@cox.net and my cell is (480) 694-4808.  If you forward me your direct contact information I can arrange for shipping and take some close up photos first.  Since they were cracked and glued back together, they are all in place, but there are surface irregularities, of course.  With your machine, however, maybe you can allow for the imperfections and average out the surface sufficient enough to get a return to the original shape.  I am assuming it does some sort of a surface tracing or topographic detail CAD drawing or something like that.  Just guessing.

Thanks for your kind assistance, Mike

The surface irregularities I am not sure will be a problem as they would likely be filled in and solid, so they would be 'fixed' on the final product. I have no idea what color plastics I will have access to but I figure a little spray paint will solve that problem if the seal works and stays tight.

I've been curious about doing this myself but as I said, all my lamps are intact and working so I am just as curious as the rest of you :) I'll be in touch Mike. Photos will be a great help too.

I will do that, and I actually have two of these, and fortunately they are cracked in different places, so between the two, I honestly think you could come up with a perfect product.  I am VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS.  Also mine have o-rings that are just fine, and I have taken those out, so it is just the plastic lid itself.  I don't care about the color that much.  These are kind of a light satin gold color, but silver is fine, gray is fine, and even black would look good.  In the end, beggars like me cannot be choosey.

Mike

So was there any success with the 3D printing?

Where did you find the slip cover tops?

Mike Reisman said:

Well, I am here to report some success to everyone, and maybe what I found will help everyone else.  I went to a store, and I found a one gallon jug of PINE SOL, and it had a plastic yellow lid that even has a disk in it to help it all seal.  I took that lid and it perfectly fits and seals my Lava Lamp.  Apparently what I have is the Aristocrat Lave Light.  Then I had an extra slip over cover that simply dropped down over the screw on lid, and the whole thing is functional, looks original, and is superior.  So everyone should file away that source of the one gallon jugs of Pine Sol - those lids are a perfect fit.

So I will get one more gallon to resolve my second Lava Light, now I need one more slip over lid cover.  As you can see from the photo, it is smooth and non-threaded.  Any color is ok, but my base is a very light faded satin gold color, so that tone would be best, if anyone can find one of these they can spare.  I will pay all expenses.

My slip over cover measures 2 5/8" in diameter across the bottom or the widest part.  It measures 2" in diameter across the top, which is the narrowest part.  The overall height is 1 7/8".  A faded satin gold or satin brass color is best, but a satin aluminum color will certainly work - beggars can't be choosey.  I hope someone can round one of these up.

Thanks to everyone for all the help, and I hope my findings will help some of the rest of you.

Mike

Yes Mike, where did you get the slip over top covers. Could always use a couple extras. Thanks!

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