Looking at my new/knackered Color Fountain, I made the assumtion that is was an oil/water mix and that the water must have become full of bacterial goo over time. I carefully drained the lamp, making a real mess as I did and then haphazardly filtered it through kitchen towel. I realised it was all oily substance and tried mixing a little WD40 with a sample of it to make up for lost liquid. Not a great success. I refilled the lamp and switched on. The bodged circuit board wasn't holding so that the pump ran constantly filling the lamp with white goo, worse than before.
It was a this point I decided to look online and was amazed that the entire web only turned up two references to this lamp. That lured me into Oozing Goo.
Being plunged into Goo was a bit like giving an obsessive a bag of coloured marble to sort out. I found out bits about my lamp, that drew me in to finding out about other lamps and wave machines and goo kits. All fine and good but then I saw an Astro for £8 in a charity shop. being a poor artist £8 charity shop buys are something I normally don't consider, but I snapped it up. It now calms my bedside table. The table was never anything but passive before, but somehow the effect is still calming.
I also realised the value of the vintage Crestworth and lava globes that I had been passing up at the local market.
I think this knowledge blew a fuse in my brain and before I knew it I was on ebay, watching every intersting lamp in site and asking ridiculous questions. These included, "is your house far from the train station? As I would like to cycle to pick up the Grande." Also others that I am too embarrassed to mention.
This, however did not stop me bidding on all kinds of lamps and bits and pieces, to the point I had to start praying people would outbid me. Thankfully most people are at least or more foolish with their purchasing power that I, so I was saved from several futher mistakes. Didn't entirely work though, I am awaiting two parcels and driving out today to make two other collections.
I also now have a collection of interesting things from shops, Gumtree and the market to try and build my own.
I am hoping the clear liquid from this clock will help to top up the liquid in my Color Fountain. Although I do seem to have lost rather a lot of it in the two filtering sessions.