Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

She got some. :)

I love this globe on this century base! It's actually a vintage base that I painted black, to match the cap. I thought about painting this all sorts of other colors, including metallic red and bronze, but thought black would look best with this globe, and I'm glad I chose that! This is one of my favorite lamps now.

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Comment by Mr MaGoo on July 11, 2020 at 11:49pm

Is that a matte black or satin black finish? Hard to tell from here!  Nice looking lamp, very stealthy!

Comment by Loren on October 13, 2019 at 12:16pm

Hey Jonas, I've been going through my photos, and saw that you responded a long time ago... Sorry I didn't see it! To answer your question, yes, the tray on this base has feet. It's a vintage century base (though I guess most of them are these days), but I mean a 60's-early 70's. The pinholes are much more evenly spaced in those early runs than they were later, and I really like that. I hope I didn't ruin anything really special by painting this, but I love the way the pinholes look on it.

@njjeff - We have hit upon one of the wonders of lava... what causes awe for one causes ire for another. I for one love the full column flow, interrupted by breaking into parts, and coming back together again. To me that's all part of the magic, and if a lamp doesn't ever achieve full-column flow, then to me it's boring. You are not wrong though, many lamps don't ever do much at the top, except for bounce blobs back down to the bottom, and if that's what you enjoy then that's all that matters. There's a lamp for everybody, the trick is finding the right one for the right person. A lot of people don't like full column flow though, especially if it just stays that way and never varies. The lamp in this picture actually flowed that way, on an aristocrat base. But after I moved it to this century base, it breaks the column and slowly builds it back, just like I love for it to.

I'm honestly not sure how to stop that from happening, but I can tell you that a little bit of wax 'clinging' to the top surface is totally normal, as long as it's not sticking to the glass. I know that full column flow is the result of a really good bond between the wax and coil, with no gaps in the contact. Lamps with a gap in the coil never have enough surface tension support to allow it to reach up that high, it just breaks off small blobs soon after they form. Many new lavas from China seem to have that flow pattern, and some like it. Go with whatever you like!

Comment by njjeff201 on February 6, 2017 at 10:35pm

Your wax 'clings' to the top surface as mine does... except mine makes a column from base to the top.  I was wondering if there was a known fix to stop the clinging.  Water density maybe or a rheostat to cool the temp?

Thank you,

Jeff  njjeff201@aol.com

Comment by Jonas Clark-Elliott on January 10, 2017 at 6:10pm

Loren, does the black tray on that base have feet or not?

Comment by Erin on November 16, 2016 at 3:31pm

I thought that was the one I sold you. Glad you're happy with it!

Comment by Loren on November 16, 2016 at 2:48pm

Thanks peeps! =D

This lamp is still flowing great, and still one of my faves!

And thanks again Erin, for selling me the original aristocrat!

Comment by Erin on November 15, 2016 at 8:50am

That looks amazing!!!

Comment by Brad on August 25, 2016 at 11:50pm

and i agree - black was the way to go

Comment by Brad on August 25, 2016 at 11:49pm

wow looks great!


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