(Topic ID: 275268)

Lava lamps


By swampfire

9 months ago

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“Which best describes you?”

  • I love EM pins, and I love lava lamps 89 votes
    61%
  • I love EM pins but have no interest in lava lamps 11 votes
    7%
  • I hate EM pins but I like lava lamps 35 votes
    24%
  • EMs and lava lamps are slow and boring 12 votes
    8%

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#1 9 months ago

I know this barely qualifies as a hobby, but I’ve really gotten into lava lamps lately. I’ve had a nice red/clear Oozy Goo lamp for years, and I just bought a larger black/clear lamp with a gunmetal base on eBay. One thing that does make it a hobby is that there’s an art to restoring them. My new black lamp was cloudy, and running it for a week didn’t help. I found the Oozing Goo forum (google it and go to the top hit); there I learned the right way to replace the clear fluid.

I went to my son’s apartment and he still had the 17” red/clear lava lamp i gave him when he was around 10. I’m envious of his lamp’s flow. Pics of our lamps for reference.

You guys in the UK are lucky, you can buy from Mathmos. I ordered a 27” lamp from lavalamp.com, got my fingers crossed that that one will work well.

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#2 9 months ago

I saw a Harley Davidson one once. Had clear liquid and black goo. Looked like thick black oil, kind of. Looked really neat.

LTG : )

#3 9 months ago
Quoted from LTG:

I saw a Harley Davidson one once. Had clear liquid and black goo. Looked like thick black oil, kind of. Looked really neat.
LTG : )

I discovered when I rebuilt mine that the wax really is oily. Probably carcinogenic too, or at least it smelled like it. There’s a place that sells a complete kit for replacing everything inside the globe, google “Goo Kit”. I’m looking for a cheap made-in-China lamp to try this on.

#4 9 months ago

Had a green and black one in college, no idea where it went. Love them!

#5 9 months ago

Added a poll to test a theory...would love for Odin to weigh in on this one

#6 9 months ago

I bought a pink lava lamp from Spencer’s 25 years ago. Still got it!!

#7 9 months ago

Almost scared to google 'oozing goo' and 'goo kit'.

I have a couple that are really old now and take some time to get flowing but once warmed up still look great. I also have two that are plasma inside and a spiral plasma.

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#8 9 months ago
Quoted from LTG:

I saw a Harley Davidson one once. Had clear liquid and black goo. Looked like thick black oil, kind of. Looked really neat.
LTG : )

These were dealer parts department displays, hard to find. I picked this one up about 15 years ago, my lamp here is cold obviously but it’s black oil.

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#9 9 months ago
Quoted from Pinplayer1967:

These were dealer parts department displays, hard to find.

2 on Ebay right now. One for bidding and one buy it now.

LTG : )

#10 9 months ago

Haven’t fired it up in years, surprised it still works, purple and yellow

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#11 9 months ago

Clear with blue blobs. I can’t even remember how old this is, maybe 20 years?

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The on-off switch.

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#12 9 months ago

I've got a tall red one stuffed in a closet somewhere. The glass must be something like 18" tall. Haven't turned it on in years. It took at least an hour to heat up and get going.

#13 9 months ago

The ones from the 90’s and earlier seem to be better made, and I think they were actually US made then. They do take an hour or 2 to get going, which is probably why they’re not too popular in this age of instant gratification. I try to turn mine on at 3:30pm, so they’re flowing well in time for my first beer.

#14 9 months ago
Quoted from swampfire:

The ones from the 90’s and earlier seem to be better made, and I think they were actually US made then. They do take an hour or 2 to get going, which is probably why they’re not too popular in this age of instant gratification. I try to turn mine on at 3:30pm, so they’re flowing well in time for my first beer.

Yes they can be temperamental. And make sure a fan or AC isn’t pointed at it or it’ll never get going.

#15 9 months ago

I have a Volcano lava lamp to go with my Gottlieb Volcano pin.

A guy I bought a pin off of had 20-30 of them. They were set on timers to turn on well before he got home and warm up so he could chill out and listen to music with a cold beverage in his lava lamp lounge. That is lava lamp dedication.

#16 9 months ago

I've always wanted a lava lamp, but I've never been able to get my hands on one...

#17 9 months ago

I've got two. One was a birthday gift when I turned 10 (so 33 years ago) and the other is probably years old. Neither work, and I've be been working on getting them fixed diy style with little luck so far.

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#18 9 months ago

I watched this making of video just the other week.

#19 9 months ago

Don't own any EMs but you gotta have a lava lamp!

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#20 9 months ago

Lava lamps, neon signs, pin-up girls all belong in man caves. Great stuff and goes
well with all pins!
Steve

#21 9 months ago

I used to have 6 or 8 of them in high school. Not sure what became of them... probably got sent to goodwill.

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#22 9 months ago

I have a 'Cranky' that I got as a gift in the mid-90s, along with a few different color globes. It had not been turned on in over 20 years, but I happened to run into it a few days ago while going through some old things. Then I saw this thread and decided to go dig it out. I installed a new bulb and amazingly it still works great.

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#23 9 months ago

Funny what you find on this forum.

Lava lamps.

Pinside has it all.

True story.......I had a girlfriend gift a new lava lamp to me once. I asked why a lava lamp? She said all her new boyfriends get a lava lamp from her. Wonder if anybody here knows this girl. She was actually pretty smoking hot and only a touch crazy. BTW.....I don't talk/or see her anymore. Still have the lamp though.

#24 9 months ago

I bought a Mathmos and had it shipped here a few months ago. You just have to use a third party shipper that gives you a UK address to have Matnos send it to them. I need to convert it to 110v still. Kinda forgot about it. I’ll get to that.

#25 9 months ago

When my daughter was very young we used a lava lamp as a nightlight for her bedroom.

#26 9 months ago

The brand we are stuck with in the US is fairly junkish, and the big issue with the “lava” is the absence of a particular chemical here. It makes them very, very temperamental. Typically, they end up getting too hot and your lava just stays afloat and doesn’t circulate.

The best solution I have found for the US sold models is to use a dimmer switch cord with them, and dial in the temperature that your lamp runs best on. Also, the bigger models tend to be easier to regulate. The smallest ones are useless b/c they heat up too much to allow the lava to cool at all.

I use these with good results:

amazon.com link »

#27 9 months ago

I got lucky with Craigslist and picked up 2 more lamps today for $28. Both have yellow wax and blue liquid, they look great. $8 for the 14” and $20 for the 16.3”. Bad picture, doesn’t do them justice.
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#28 9 months ago

Betelgeuse that scary clown lamp rocks. Don’t ever sell it, but if you do you can get at least $100 for it. Very unique.

#29 9 months ago
Quoted from lifefloat:

True story.......I had a girlfriend gift a new lava lamp to me once. I asked why a lava lamp? She said all her new boyfriends get a lava lamp from her.

I love this story.

#30 9 months ago

Guys, just remember, please be carefull...

#31 9 months ago
Quoted from swampfire:

I love this story.

Hah! Glad you enjoyed that.

The lava lamp was a good gift. Girlfriend after that got me books. Not as exciting as a lava lamp but a bit deeper.

#32 9 months ago

Love 'em!

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#33 9 months ago

Are Spencer’s lamps worth it? Would like any decoy on where to purchase new.

#34 9 months ago
Quoted from LukyDuck:

Are Spencer’s lamps worth it? Would like any decoy on where to purchase new.

They sell the same lamps at Menards, but for about half the price.

#35 9 months ago
Quoted from swampfire:

that scary clown lamp rocks. Don’t ever sell it, but if you do you can get at least $100 for it. Very unique.

Good to know, thanks. I honestly had no idea it was so valuable until now. It's definitely staying.

#36 9 months ago

It's the Bob Marley lamp mon....

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#37 9 months ago

Alright time to get the space ship out. I’ve had this since I was a kid.

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#38 9 months ago
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#39 9 months ago
Quoted from swampfire:

I discovered when I rebuilt mine that the wax really is oily. Probably carcinogenic too, or at least it smelled like it. There’s a place that sells a complete kit for replacing everything inside the globe, google “Goo Kit”. I’m looking for a cheap made-in-China lamp to try this on.

I discovered this fact in 1990 when college roommate from hell had a friend turn over slightly annoying college roommate’s lava lamp to shake it up. Unlike those of us who lived in the suite, the friend didn’t know about the broken cap and proceeded to shake the contents out across our living room, where it then sat and congealed bc RFH and SAR fought over who should clean it. Decent roommate and I had nothing to do with the party (and were sick of the two of them destroying the suite on us, so we moved out early, leaving the two of them to eventually deal with the clean up and paying the damages.

But other than that one miserable incident, I love lava lamps!

#40 8 months ago

I couldn’t help myself. I was Spencer’s and I saw a lamp in a color I’ve never seen before. Goodbye $35. Here’s what it looks like starting out, and once it’s flowing. It’s next to my monitor for work so I can enjoy it all day. BTW the most active discussion group I’ve found is on Reddit, r/lavalamps.

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#41 8 months ago
Quoted from swampfire:

I couldn’t help myself. I was Spencer’s and I saw a lamp in a color I’ve never seen before.

Looks like it's belly button is an outtie not an innie.

LTG : )

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#42 8 months ago

Brings back memories as a kid going to my aunts house. I finally got one in the mid 90’s and still have it. Probably from Spencer’s lol.

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#43 8 months ago

Henry Ford museum still sells the spaceship ones.

#44 8 months ago
Quoted from dmacy:

Brings back memories as a kid going to my aunts house. I finally got one in the mid 90’s and still have it. Probably from Spencer’s lol. [quoted image][quoted image]

Yeah that’s the same one I bought at Spencer’s in the early 90s. It rules !

#45 8 months ago

I had one as a kid that gave up the ghost finally. Then I got another one and it sat on my desk for years. Used it every day. When I retired I brought it home and it's in my home office now. Doesn't get used as much.

If you don't like lava lamps you have some of your soul missing...

#46 8 months ago

Hey speaking of Lava lamps before my job forced me to move I had one of the original Colossus lava lamps yep the one that was around 4 feet tall sold it because I did not want to chance the 300 mile trip the glass was not very thick it used a 200 watt heating lamp. Bought it for $700 sold it for $1300. This lamp was just something to see once the lava got going it took about 5 hours to heat up its been about 2 years since I sold it and its in a vape, head shop in Akron Ohio.

#47 8 months ago
Quoted from swampfire:

I couldn’t help myself. I was Spencer’s and I saw a lamp in a color I’ve never seen before. Goodbye $35. Here’s what it looks like starting out, and once it’s flowing. It’s next to my monitor for work so I can enjoy it all day. BTW the most active discussion group I’ve found is on Reddit, r/lavalamps.[quoted image][quoted image]

Thanks for the reddit comment. I think I am now going to order some Mathmos lamps and have them shipped to the US using forward2me.

They have some candle versions that look cool!

#48 8 months ago
Quoted from gambit3113:

I bought a Mathmos and had it shipped here a few months ago. You just have to use a third party shipper that gives you a UK address to have Matnos send it to them. I need to convert it to 110v still. Kinda forgot about it. I’ll get to that.

Thanks for the info. I am going to do the same thing.

#49 8 months ago
Quoted from LukyDuck:

Thanks for the info. I am going to do the same thing.

I used Forward2Me, and it worked great. Of course it was pre-COVID. But still.

#50 8 months ago

You guys. Well I’ve been searching the local Kijiji adds. There are a couple nice looking ones in my area for about $20. I might have to pick one up for the game room.

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