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For all of you amateur scientists out there, here's a way to update your lava lamp - change the colors! The following text was posted on the lava line by TFP. Thanks TFP! There's two ways to change your lava lamp colors: Order a new lava lamp globe or "break the seal" on your current globe and alter the colors. Of course, we can not encourage or condone the latter since technically it will void your lava lamp warranty. Second caveat, we will not be held responsible if you blow it and ruin a perfectly good lava lamp - It would be a crime to take one out of commission. For my money, I'd buy a second globe and then I'd have two moods from which to choose.

I posted earlier asking for advice on changing the color of my lamp, well, I got impatient and decided to go ahead with the procedure, and it went off without a hitch! I'm now the proud owner of a custom red fluid/black lava silver base lava lamp. I encourage anyone who's bored with their colors to try this procedure. I can't make any claims as to your success, but I can tell you what I did and how it worked for me. Of course your mileage may vary.

I started off with a fairly new model lava lamp, clear fluid, black lava, with a clamped on bottle cap. I waited for my lamp to cool completely and then I very carefully pryed up the edges of the bottle cap all the way around the lip of the bottle until I could get it off, it only takes a little bit of prying, don't go overboard. I took care not to damage the cap as I would need to replace it later. Being as I started with clear liquid, it wasn't hard to determine how I would color it. I wanted red, so I simply added enough red food coloring to achieve the desired color. If you're starting from another color already, then first you should consult a color wheel, and then I'd suggest taking a a similar volume of water as is in your globe, and coloring it to match the starting color in your lamp, then I'd add the new color until the desired mix was achieved, and write down how much of the new color you had to add. IE, if your 32 oz. globe has blue fluid in it, get ~32 oz. of water, and use blue food coloring to try and match the color of this water to the color in the globe. Now start adding your red until you get the desired shade of purple, and write down how much it took. This may sound like a lot of work, but you really don't want to wreck the fluid in your globe as its a fairly specifically engineered solution that would take considerably more effort to replace than it would to do a practice run and get it right the first time. Now add your food coloring to your now open globe. Last step is the hardest, replacing the cap. This is where I was worried of the possibility of breaking the glass, so I took much care here. I replaced the cap and pushed it down firmly, then I used the screwdriver and a pair of needlenose pliers to undo all the prying I did to get it off, pushing the edge of the cap back down around the lip of the bottle. Be careful not to squeeze the lip of the bottle with the pliers or slip with the screwdriver or you may break the glass. I don't know how easy it is to break, but theres no reason to find out. Last step is to take a pair of needlenose pliers and squeeze each of the little crimps in between the indentations. This tightens the cap around the lip and pulls it down so it's sealed. Had this not worked for me, I would have put a couple of layers of masking tape around the lip of the bottle and tried again with the cap. So if you're not having any luck you might try that. Try to twist the cap to see how tight the cap is. It needs to be very tight. If the seal isn't tight, keep working it until the cap is hard to twist. The seal is ESSENTIAL, if its not sealed properly, all the fluid will evaporate out of your lamp! The internal pressure may also be vital to the function of the lamp. This is my own method for re-applying the bottle cap, and it's a little tricky, so if you have a better method, use it! Thats about it, throw your globe back on the base and heat her up. MY lamp looks so much better and I'm glad I did this, but if you want to try it, make sure you know what you're doing to your expensive lamp. I don't want any emails saying that I wrecked someone's treasured lava lamp. This WILL void your warranty if you're concerned about that. Otherwise, happy tinkering!


Good luck all, May Goo

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