Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

I'm posting here mostly for whatever advice can be provided, and so I'll have some people to share my project with.

I suppose I'll start with the bottle I'm using for a globe. It's just an old Bombay Sapphire bottle that had been laying around my house for a long time, thought it would make for a sweet lava lamp.

Obviously I needed a base and cap. I thought a wooden one would look pretty dope so I set out to find some wood. Luckily a house down the street was getting remodeled, so I was able to snag some pretty decent boards from the big ol' dumpster thing.

Unfortunately It was riddled with nails that I had to pull out. One of which I couldn't remove, and I'm going to leave it there for the top of the cap. Think of it as a beauty mark. :)

Here is the wood after I got it cut into the squares I needed.
The second link below is the two different stack patterns I want to try for the base/cap.

Also last but not least are the electrical components, and the wax that I plan on using.
A 25 watt lightbulb with fixture from Lowes, and some pretty pink wax from Hobby Lobby.

Sorry for the super long post, and all the imgur links, but it seemed the best way for me to do this.

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Comment by Autumn on December 23, 2014 at 8:17am

I fixed your pictures for you. Take note of how I set it up so you can replicate it in the future. :)

Comment by Keith on November 17, 2014 at 9:53am

By notes I meant for personal reference, like - this much wax, this much mineral oil (or whatever),  how the flow changes with what additive (if you get that in depth).  When I start a project I always think I'll remember what I did, but I really don't unless I have it noted somewhere.

Comment by Carol on November 16, 2014 at 11:51pm

That does seem pretty neat!!!  Can't wait to see the finished product!!

Comment by Alex Lott on November 16, 2014 at 11:27pm

I tried adding pictures that way, but once it came time to add a second picture it seemed to want me to just change the one I had already added. I've spent A LOT of time on the internet, but I'm still (and probably always will be) really bad at forums.

Also, what kind of notes do you have in mind?

Comment by Keith on November 16, 2014 at 10:52pm

Looks interesting, make notes and let us know how it goes.

On another note, you can add pictures directly to the post by clicking the second from the left icon in the row above the text box.  This will open a dialog box to load a picture, it will insert the picture where the cursor is in the text box.  I usually type then hit enter to drop the cursor to the next row.  Then hit enter again to continue typing.


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