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DIYers- what kind of bottle capper do you own?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nate Mar 9. 14 Replies

I have a couple crappy modern spencers lamps that aren't worth turning on anymore, and I want to use them for experimentation.  Problem is, I have no idea how I would reseal it without a bottle…Continue

Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Autumn yesterday. 134 Replies

In my quest to figure out exactly what the original formula is, one thing I haven't figured out is why they used Kerosene in the mixture.  It seems like it was a very small part of the mixture,…Continue

Looking for a mid 90's, Blue Base, Blue Lava, Clear Liquid lamp.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ant Bee Feb 14. 1 Reply

This was the very first lamp I had as a kid- and being a really dumb kid I decided one day to open it and "add more lava to it" by putting... candle wax... in it.  This is the only pic I can find…Continue

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Autumn replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"You may be pouring the wax in while it is too hot. I do my pour at 130F. If you pour it while it is much hotter it has a much higher tendency to stick. I also pour some of my master fluid in the lamp before the pour and shake it up and hold it…"
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Ant Bee replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"Autumn- that wax has the *exact* look I'm going for.  What white dye did you get??"
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Marco Pulone replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"I just started attempts to make my own lava lamp today. definitely a project best done outside or in a suitable fume hood. when heated the PERC fumes a ton, and it can get a bit messy too.  first attempt stuck to the glass a ton, but I think i…"
yesterday
Tevfik Dogruman replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"A very nice sharing Autumn.   My philosophy: Knowledge develops as it is shared, If you keep the knowledge to yourself, knowledge will die with you."
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Autumn replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"It's been a while since I posted any updates. I have been talking to AntBee and Tevfik individually while figuring out how to jump into the mix and start testing formulas myself. Thanks to them I've had a head start and was able to…"
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Marco Pulone replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"I think some of my newer no-name chinese lamps use kerosene. one of them leaked slightly a while ago and it had a very distinct sort of petroleum/gas smell that I think is kerosene."
Apr 27
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Tevfik Dogruman replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"Hi Autumn, it is evening and I am finally at home.I think there is no need to use Magnesium laureth sulfate. I think SLES is enough. I'm just using sles and I'm very satisfied. For Magnesium laureth sulfate and SLES I recommend…"
Apr 16
BR4X replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"I think what Tez is saying is to use the SLS. So thats a relief. I think the problem is with the Triton X100.. shit is weak"
Apr 16
Autumn replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"Tevfik, I'm not sure I can purchase EXOsoft MG directly or any other pure form of MLES without going to a manufacturer in China and ordering it in a 55 gallon barrel drum. There is a product in the US that is easily available and has a mix…"
Apr 16
BR4X replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
Apr 16
Tevfik Dogruman replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"Precisely!"
Apr 16
BR4X replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"Tev, We are but simple enthusiasts. Let me see if I got this: - SLS, SLES and Magnesium laureth sulfate (I'lll all it MLES) all have similar anionic surfactant properties (IE they all work for lamps) - MLES is grate for your sensitive parts,…"
Apr 16
Tevfik Dogruman replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"Three can be surfactant, with water and oil balance, to ensure emulsion stability. It can also be for the raising of cloud point (HLB) value. Magnesium laureth sulfate is the magnesium salt of laureth sulfate, which is in turn the ester of laureth…"
Apr 16
Autumn replied to Ant Bee's discussion Trying to crack the original formula- why was kerosene used?
"So in layman's terms I think I get the following benefits. It reduces the master fluid expansion so the density of the master fluid is more consistent at the resting and operating temperature range. It makes the master fluid react slower to…"
Apr 15

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Something Interesting About Me:
I play guitar, badly.
Where I Live:
Maine
My First Lava Lamp was:
An early 90's Blue base/wax.
My Collection Includes this many Lava Lamps:
6
My Favorite Lava Lamp is:
My original Spencers early 90's red that still kicks ass to this day
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