lava lamp

lava lamp

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nectar
2010 Mar 8 • 232
how to make a real lava lamp but with normal materials... not like chemicals and stuff. i heared about wax and water but dont know how to heat it up... thx
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2011 Jan 8 at 17:57 PST
sprinkles

Chrome Whore
2009 Sep 6 • 2547
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Take the heating coil off of your stove.
 
 
2011 Jan 8 at 18:02 PST
Down Rodeo
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The man speaks the truth. Anything that you can make hot - put it at the bottom. You put the lumps of wax in the bottom, they are heated, become less dense than the surrounding water and float to the top. Ideally here they cool and sink again. Making one yourself is a bit hardcore, though. I'd recommend buying one.
 
 
2011 Jan 8 at 18:30 PST
nectar
2010 Mar 8 • 232
well i need it for a speech, i mean i only need to add wax to microawwve make it liquid put in water add soemthign that heats at the bottom and thats all? wont the water evaporate or the wax turn solid?
I love cows and monkeys including cookies :D
 
 
2011 Jan 8 at 18:52 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
You're right, I think the wax would turn solid, and all the water would evaporate.
Wait that makes me wonder, how to real lava lamps keep the water inside and not let the wax turn solid?


Edit: After googling, I found out that they have a lid and that the heat from the burner at the bottom keeps the wax liquid.
Oh science, you so crazy...
 
 
2011 Jan 8 at 18:57 PST — Ed. 2011 Jan 8 at 18:58 PST
nectar
2010 Mar 8 • 232
oh ok thx and i saw that u can use a coil too, but i dontknow how the coil is where it goes (in or out) plus how lol... i am stupid i know :D thanks in advance
I love cows and monkeys including cookies :D
 
 
2011 Jan 8 at 19:08 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
The coil should be outside of the container, about 3 feet away (any closer and it might melt the wax... you don't want that). Just make sure that the coil stays away from the container, especially the bottom of it, and you should be fine.


And because I have a feeling that you might take this post literally, I'm going to tell you straight up I'm being sarcastic, and that you should get the coil as close to the wax as possible.
 
 
2011 Jan 8 at 19:11 PST
Down Rodeo
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The other man also speaks the truth. Sealing it will stop the water evaporating; also, you're not making it that hot. I think at about forty degrees Celsius the wax becomes mobile enough but I don't know. A few minutes on Google has enlightened me enormously.

You know, I almost suspect you're some kind of elaborate troll.

EDIT: professional ones seem to use a 40 watt bulb at the bottom, both for heating and for the sexy lighting.
 
 
2011 Jan 8 at 19:12 PST — Ed. 2011 Jan 8 at 19:13 PST
nectar
2010 Mar 8 • 232
ok, so i which to use the coil because i want to use different light, the coil is there any special one? i mean theres alot of types... can by the closes i can put it in of the lava lamp? not out where the lamp is? i am a trol? lol
I love cows and monkeys including cookies :D
 
 
2011 Jan 9 at 07:47 PST
nectar
2010 Mar 8 • 232
one question, isnt wax less denser than the water? so the wax will float up and it wont sink? i saw u add something but there isnt any house hold item? or something?
I love cows and monkeys including cookies :D
 
 
2011 Jan 12 at 16:59 PST
sprinkles

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2009 Sep 6 • 2547
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nectar said:
one question, isnt wax less denser than the water? so the wax will float up and it wont sink? i saw u add something but there isnt any house hold item? or something?

That's the whole point. When wax is in its solid form it is more dense then water, thusly it sinks in water. However, when wax is in a liquid form it is less dense the water, thusly floating or rising in water. The wax on the bottom gets heated by the coil making it less dense than water and rise. The wax at the top is cooled making it more dense than the water and sinks.
 
 
2011 Jan 12 at 18:36 PST
nectar
2010 Mar 8 • 232
I was wondering how i make the coil.. i gues sepcial but dont know plus i have a 120v lamp is that too much? and sprinkles ur paragraph made this;

wax
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wax :D
I love cows and monkeys including cookies :D
 
 
2011 Jan 13 at 12:54 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
Well you have to make sure you make it hot enough to melt the wax, but not much hotter than that. If you make it TOO hot, then it will heat of the water/syrup/whatever and the wax won't get a chance to re-solidify.
 
 
2011 Jan 13 at 14:20 PST
Down Rodeo
Cap'n Moth of the Firehouse

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A forty watt bulb ought to do it. Like I said last time.

By the way, if you actually try this and end up electrocuting yourself, I am not taking any responsibility, not that I think there's a legal case for it. I've said it's not the best of plans and you'd be better buying one. Just in case, y'know?
 
 
2011 Jan 13 at 15:48 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
Down Rodeo said:

By the way, if you actually try this and end up electrocuting yourself, I am not taking any responsibility

That would be...

Shocking.
 
 
2011 Jan 13 at 16:40 PST
Down Rodeo
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2011 Jan 13 at 17:16 PST
nectar
2010 Mar 8 • 232
lol, but its how to make a lava lamp with recycled materials thats why i need to do not buy :D oh and 40? lol i gto 120 :D
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2011 Jan 14 at 16:20 PST
Down Rodeo
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2011 Jan 14 at 17:11 PST
nectar
2010 Mar 8 • 232
O.o lol
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2011 Jan 16 at 12:59 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
Seriously, what country do you live in where the assignment is to build a lava lamp out of recycled materials?
Also, I'd stick with DRs advice of a 40 watt bulb. First of all if you use 120 its not going to work, it will be too hot. Second, I think you need to stay as cautious as possible, especially since you're asking random people on the internet on how to do something like this... and "upgrading" to a 120watt bulb just doesn't seem very cautious.
 
 
2011 Jan 16 at 17:03 PST
Down Rodeo
Cap'n Moth of the Firehouse

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Do you know I think my signature probably doesn't help the situation.

Plus, any school that gave assignments like that I would SO go to.
 
 
2011 Jan 16 at 17:14 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
Down Rodeo said:
Plus, any school that gave assignments like that I would SO go to.

Oh don't get me wrong, as soon as he tells me what school it is, I'm gonna go sign up. I just don't think HE should be there
 
 
2011 Jan 16 at 17:26 PST
nectar
2010 Mar 8 • 232
panama :D plus ok lol i will be more "cautious"
I love cows and monkeys including cookies :D
 
 
2011 Jan 16 at 17:51 PST
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