Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

Here's a custom lamp I made out of a cookie jar.

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Comment by VOXul on January 4, 2015 at 12:10am

Excellent info Jim and a sweet breakdown of the mod Todd!

Comment by Carol on January 3, 2015 at 9:51pm

Very bright and cheery Todd!!!  I luv it!!!

Comment by analoghaze on January 3, 2015 at 6:34pm
Comment by Todd Miller on January 3, 2015 at 6:27pm

Well I bought a cookie jar, missing lid, on ebay for $35.

I used a spare 32oz globe and goo'ed it. 

Used lamp parts; socket, hollow threaded rod, nuts,

various washers, cord with a dimmer and a 40w bulb.

The ceramic cookie jar holds the heat so 40w is plenty

and I have to dim it after two hours.

Took a 32oz base and cut it below the seem and

flared it out and pop riveted it to a soup can.

Takes some time to get the socket height and soup

can/base height. (I can take measurements)

The *hardest* part of this project was to 'hog out' the

cookie jar opening to make it match the diameter of

the top of a 32oz base.  This way the globe sits flush.

Ceramic is very hard !  I used files, dremel tool with different

tips anything I could think of and it kicked the shit out of it all.

I did manage to finish it off with a 40 grit cone shaped sanding

fabric like material.  I used four of them @ $12 each.  We use

these at work to chamfer the top of cylinders on harleys.

If I had to do it again, I wouldn't mess with the ceramic opening

and just make it work.

Comment by Jim on January 3, 2015 at 2:20pm

I think its pretty easy analog.  Hardest part is being able to stomach a trip to Ikea.  Drill a hole in the base for the cord, get inner cone + electrical from Ikea, voila.  Check this thread.


Comment by Jim on January 3, 2015 at 6:29am

Voxul - the lamp doesn't exactly "exist", rather the smiley face base exists as a cookie jar that can be modded to create a lava lamp base.  One of the most popular cookie jars to mod on this site.  Expect the cookie jar, on average, to set you back ~ $50.  Its made by the iconic McCoy company.  I actually have several of these as have had plans to create this lamp myself, just lacking in motivation.  There are several finishes available as shown in my pics below.

Comment by VOXul on January 2, 2015 at 10:06pm

I had no idea that lamp existed, very nice!

Comment by Kirk on January 2, 2015 at 8:17pm

I want one!


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