What exactly is the goop inside a lava lamp?

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Yep! Gonna get questionably gloopy!
Seriously, Don't try this at home. Only use chemicals in ways they're meant to be used. Be good :)
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  • Well, no effort was put towards my hair at least. Edit to add: I definitely should have worn safety glasses! My bad.

    Technology ConnectionsTechnology Connections2 ամիս առաջ
    • Love your topics You shoulda seen what I decided to do with my lava lamp. Smh 110v scary

      Charlie BabyCharlie Baby17 օր առաջ
    • Pure pigments are easy to get - look for "Dry Pigments" they are used by scale modelers for a long while now and avaliable from manufacturers like Vallejo, AK Interactive, Ammo of MIG

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    • its quarantine, haircuts are out of the question & even trying to fix it is pretty pointless. keep up the good work btw your videos are always super entertaining

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    • I got hold of a 'dis-functioning' lavalamp (cloudy and not rising). I emptied the bottle and separated the paraffin from the liquid. Re-melted all the paraffin and returned it to the liquid. When I turn off the lava-lamp I remove the lamp from the base and put it on a cool surface to accelerate the cooling off period. This prevents the paraffin from mixing with the liquid. Have been using it for 10 years without problems.

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    • @TheNextext He made that comment when preloading videos to be published = it was made after upload, but before publication of the video.

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  • I always give my lava lamps a little taste test.

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  • Wouldn't it be easier to produce a larger volume of wax/water and once it's correct, pour it into the bottle?

    Ryan CopleyRyan Copley6 ժամ առաջ
  • I like your scientific views of ordinary everyday things that we can relate to.

    John DoeJohn Doe7 ժամ առաջ
  • Hey just wanted to let you know a lot of brake cleaner is just acetone, some say acetone on the back.

    Wasteland ManWasteland Man7 ժամ առաջ
  • Surprised you didn't mention that you should never leave a lava lamp on more than 10 hours max., as mentioned in the directions. I did that a few times and ruined my first one that way. The wax just sits on the bottom now, worthless. Won't flow. Just bought a new replacement. They're only about $25.

    histubenesshistubeness23 ժամ առաջ
  • Powder resin pigments might work

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  • Well I mean it tastes pretty good

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  • I love your energy.

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  • 2:30 Yeah Greg ༼ ºل͟º ༼ ºل͟º ༼ ºل͟º ༽ ºل͟º ༽ ºل͟º ༽

    SilvertarianSilvertarian2 օր առաջ
  • I loved this

    Magic BambiMagic Bambi2 օր առաջ
  • “Did that cut work, I hope so. Doesn’t matter...”

    Reginald's BlasterReginald's Blaster2 օր առաջ
  • Always play with Brake Cleaner. Got a stain? Brake cleaner. Big bad spider? Brake cleaner. Makeshift flamethrower? Brake cleaner. I haven’t tried it as hair spray yet but that may work too

    Ajit PaiAjit Pai2 օր առաջ
  • I'll toss out an odd idea of why your water got cloudy while using certain pigments. I spent many years mixing water-based inks for use in the screen printing world. I would make inks using concentrated pigments, binders, softeners , a very large homogenizer and something we called concentrate. Concentrate was the thickening agent that gave the ink it's printable consistency. The concentrate we used was an ammonia based product that thickened the mixture into a consistency that wouldn't fall through the mesh of our screens. The downfall of this concentrate was that it could be broken down with salt. Leftover inks would be homogenized with pellet salt to break it's consistency back to a liquid state. This meant that the pigment was no longer held in a solution with the pigment binder. There is a different version of the ammonia concentrate that we used during discharge printing (prints that needed a zinc formaldehyde sulfate additive, I.E salt in the ink) mix) and the solution was a gum arabic thickening agent. This natural thickening agent didn't not suffer the issue of salt breakdown and could be used without issue for holding pigments in solution. I'm not sure if I'm right, but it sounds like a similar issue. I assume your brine solution broke down the pigments in your paint and dispersed the concentrate that held the pigments in solution.

    stereosympathystereosympathy2 օր առաջ
  • I enjoyed this video and hearing your journey with lava lamps. Perhaps even more enjoyable were the outtakes at the end. Your personality really shines here and there were moments from the outtakes that would make your videos even better. Your real reactions to mistakes are endearing and allow the audience to be in on the fun with you. You certainly don't need the subscriptions but it was nice to see who you are outside of your meticulously planned script. :-)

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  • Kremer pigments in NYC is my favorite place to get raw pigments.

    E. BetzenE. Betzen3 օր առաջ
  • so something about oil paint, a lot of oil paint pigments are traditionally metal based and very heavy where as cheaper nonmetalic imitations are around now too. The density of the metalic pigment might be causing it to sink to the bottom of the wax and the less dense material might help, but also maybe the linseed oil has a diferent thermal expansion rate that is messing with it also.

    Jenny RustJenny Rust3 օր առաջ
  • Flava flamps!

    jetaimeminajetaimemina3 օր առաջ
  • What is the clear fluid? I desire to make my own ferrofluid lava lamp.

    Jordan StaleyJordan Staley5 օր առաջ
  • Which oil paint did you use? The cheaper brands often have siccatives added to it that they not always state on the label, that may also have an effect on you wax. Edit: you can also try out encaustic paints, which are wax-based

    Friso DenijsFriso Denijs5 օր առաջ
  • youre very based

    bobismymom123bobismymom1235 օր առաջ
  • I wonder if you could make a translucent blob in a darkly dyed water and be able to see through the bottle on the edges sometimes like a tunnel.

    SoukuwSoukuw5 օր առաջ
  • did you see that lava lamp installation that was using dozens of lava lamps and a camera to generate random numbers more random than all the seudo random number generators that computers use? well, it works pretty well and is kind of neat.

    Michael WilkesMichael Wilkes5 օր առաջ
  • just use crayons for the dye lol

    LynnLynn6 օր առաջ
  • lol it's so funny when you worry so much about "environmental impact" of one bottle of breakclean when clueless mechanics just spray the shit left and right. No, you are not gonna trigger an environmental disaster with one bottle of break clean. Your little one time experiment is literarly miniscule compared to daily emmisions of it by people just casually using the stuff.

    Geth270Geth2706 օր առաջ
  • Just realized I'm one of the named patrons on this video! Yay!

    David JonesDavid Jones6 օր առաջ
  • I might be late to the party, but consider heavy liquids. I'm not sure if they are truly commercial available but the more modern chemicals are considered non-toxic and some are non-water soluble. For example, benzyl benzoate is sold outside of the US as a topical scabies treatment and I believe also used as a matrix chemical in coloring dyes to help incorporate non-soluble dyes in oil paints.

    William GilbraithWilliam Gilbraith7 օր առաջ
  • This vid made things clear for me. Thank you

    JAW MediaJAW Media7 օր առաջ
  • I've had many friends that have literally bathed in Brakleen for years on end and have lived to tell the tale, don't listen to sissy's in California, that shit is a fountain of youth.

    198419847 օր առաջ
  • My brain: don't say it, don't say it, don't say it. My mouth: Someone died from drinking one.

    Bo boBo bo7 օր առաջ
  • This is the 3rd video I've seen on this channel. The lack of research is disappointing butthe use of cancerigenic compound without proper safety mesure is unforgivable. I was on the verge of recommending this channel to my students!

    ThePhilippeBretonThePhilippeBreton8 օր առաջ
  • Just to note, you can get some brake cleaning products in non-pressurized containers to reduce the risk of breathing it in when transferring it from one container to the other.

    hellcat1988hellcat19888 օր առաջ
  • I can see why someone drank a lava lamp and died now, ITS LITTERALY A BOTTLE

    Robert CasasRobert Casas8 օր առաջ
  • If you haven't found a resolution to your chemical waste that you're satisfied with, I wonder if NileRed would have some suggestions.

    CTheCheeseCTheCheese8 օր առաջ
  • Stg break clean does practically everything

    Molotov's СукаMolotov's Сука8 օր առաջ
  • Tip: if your lava lamp is still just a blob of wax not really turning into globes and moving, take a blow dryer to it and heat up the sides.

    pheeno barbidollpheeno barbidoll9 օր առաջ
  • Two words: Mustard gas. 50-State brake clean exists to prevent ignorant people from spraying down hot brakes or other hot surfaces and killing themselves.

    Trevor MorganTrevor Morgan9 օր առաջ
  • Is it possible that a "Jet Clean" dishwasher additive work better than dish soap as a surfactant?

    Ryan BirrRyan Birr9 օր առաջ
  • Dude that brake clean is fine ive Been drinking that shit for years

    MaxterchiefMaxterchief9 օր առաջ
  • Is brown a standard colour for lava lamps?

    SurlyQ BearSurlyQ Bear9 օր առաջ
  • No idea what they actually use, but maybe chlorinated paraffin would work without being supper toxic and volatile; mrsl.roadmaptozero.com/MRSL2_0/Guidancepdf.php?sheet=7

    Oleg GoryaOleg Gorya10 օր առաջ
  • Why would they put a bottlecap on top of it? Unless.. they wanted me to drink it!

    Source DasherSource Dasher10 օր առաջ
  • Well today I learned Ed hardy makes wine. Lol

    8chicagotypewriter88chicagotypewriter810 օր առաջ
  • Dont worry, the chemical only causes cancer in California. If you arent in California, you're good to go.

    Clayton EricksonClayton Erickson10 օր առաջ
  • I never knew lava lamps have the little caps at the top and I felt my world view crack a little

    Tic TakTic Tak10 օր առաջ
  • Shouldn't there be some kind of thermal compound between the lamp and the bottle? Otherwise the trapped air will just hinder the whole process

    nochtczarnochtczar10 օր առաջ
  • The sentence: im pretty pro led .btw is one of my favorites ever it genuisly true and so funny

    seppe jostenseppe josten10 օր առաջ
  • Brake clean is great stuff

    skippygirl959skippygirl95911 օր առաջ
  • "Water doesn't do that because it's cheeky." Y'know who else is blue and cheeky?

    Legofan 98Legofan 9811 օր առաջ
    • sonic da hedge hog

      cool-person1cool-person110 օր առաջ
  • 7:13 "... this lamp's goop has been replaced with my very own." just gonna leave that one here

    chris draychris dray11 օր առաջ
  • short answer, the stuff inside a lava lamp is wax and water

    Spiderlord 2264Spiderlord 226411 օր առաջ
  • Use the wax to start a fire, outdoor fire pit kind of stuff.

    Kenneth GroseKenneth Grose11 օր առաջ
  • Just wanted to say I love your content

    Skull ManSkull Man11 օր առաջ
  • Gotta love lava lamps, tip, don't shake them or they won't work anymore :) Can you even buy these now? I thought they died out in the 70's? when lsd was all the rage ha..

    Chad BednarczykChad Bednarczyk12 օր առաջ
  • This whole video was "it worked! Until it didnt, THEN I MADE IT WORK, till it didnt

    Cupcake ComradeCupcake Comrade12 օր առաջ
  • Your videos remind me of that iCarly episode where they were paid to do a sponsorship for the really dangerous shoes. Where their voices were extremely cheery will talking about how the shoes would catch fire and you could use them to make hotdogs. I LOVE EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF YOUR CHANNEL!!!

    August BrownAugust Brown12 օր առաջ
  • Take a shot everytime he says "clear" or "clearly"

    1930sOriginalMan1930sOriginalMan12 օր առաջ
  • I have a bottle full of tetrachloroethylene pressurized with carbon dioxide and I am definitely not going to use it to make a lava lamp.... or 7.

    Ryan VessRyan Vess12 օր առաջ
  • i wanna eat the goo

    FranKFranK12 օր առաջ
  • What a wild ride.

    H. CelineH. Celine12 օր առաջ
  • such an interesting channel. Congrats in educating us ignorant swines

    MK NavaMK Nava12 օր առաջ
  • at 21:42 you said to put the toaster oven out door. it would also be a whise choice to not use it for food anymore sinds the chemicals can get stuck on the inside an leak on the food and its just a risk not worth risking. take it from a chemist. i realy enjoyed this video

    maarten toolmaarten tool12 օր առաջ
  • Lol I'm scared by the fact I cleaned my hands with brake clean a couple times

    primoshunterprimoshunter12 օր առաջ
  • I'll save youse some time. Buy a lava lamp. Get an empty wine bottle. Pop cap on both. Dump lava lamp contents into wine bottle. Bam. You made a lava lamp.

    Andrew DoddsAndrew Dodds12 օր առաջ
  • lol lava lamps are cool are all, but glitter lamps are where it's at. They're like a disco ball but wayyyy easier to setup and they're perfect mood lighting.

    Gingi VitisGingi Vitis12 օր առաջ
  • The linseed oil is polymerizing, which is why it's starting to separate out.

    sehrgut42sehrgut4213 օր առաջ
  • This still seems like a more responsible use for break clean than my usual task of killing wasps...

    Joe MJoe M13 օր առաջ
  • Damn you went down the rabbit hole I did 2 years ago and reached all the same conclusions lmfao I hit a wall trying to figure out how to make my own dye from commercially available stuff, especially making glitterball lava. Check out my "Elephant's Foot" video if you wanna see one of my experiments melting down metallic oil pastels

    ModernCRTGamerModernCRTGamer13 օր առաջ
  • These are important questions

    Darren EgglestonDarren Eggleston13 օր առաջ
  • Great video

    Indigo SpadesIndigo Spades13 օր առաջ
  • "This lamp's gloop has been replaced with my very own!"

    EpetraEpetra14 օր առաջ
  • "A formula from a 1968 US patent consisted of water and a transparent, translucent, or opaque mix of mineral oil, paraffin wax, and carbon tetrachloride." google: 4 seconds you: 24 minutes i see your game now. the last video was utter BS, stop viewtime grabbing you're just peppering interesting stuff with gamified view-time grabs now

    Dice BlueDice Blue15 օր առաջ
  • Love the Commodore 64 shirt!

    Kraken OozeKraken Ooze15 օր առաջ
  • And just like that I got a New ringtone..... Woohoo turn that down a bit

    xenobluexenoblue16 օր առաջ
  • Wax

    The purdy channelThe purdy channel16 օր առաջ
  • I would recommend storing the old bottles away from direct sunlight as tetrachloroethylene can break down to phosgene on exposure to UV light (which is mega toxic). See here: pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Tetrachloroethylene

    gammaray0wngammaray0wn16 օր առաջ
  • Clear clearly clear clear clear clearly😂

    Tyler GrandboisTyler Grandbois16 օր առաջ
  • You should see if NileRed can help with this particular conundrum. That would be an awesome collab.

    RobRob16 օր առաջ
  • Well, tour video has stewed in my mind, and i broke. I bought a new lava lamp. Its been 17 years since i last owned one lol

    Nick SNick S16 օր առաջ
  • I love the parts when he describes the smell of haloalkanes nostalgically, like it’s no health worry

    Diego BrandoDiego Brando17 օր առաջ
  • This was brilliant to watch, now I have to find UK alternatives this stuff. And I'm wondering what the goop is in those... decorative maze timer things, if anyone knows what I'm talking about. Little plastic 'tanks' that had lots of little platforms and/or funnels for the tiny bubbles of goop to squeeze through and collect at the bottom through? Then you turned it over and watched it all over again?

    Roadent1241Roadent124117 օր առաջ
  • Andy Rooney has been reincarnated as an informative, useful person.

    Andrew FlandersAndrew Flanders18 օր առաջ
  • Ok, here's an idea. Melt the wax in the bottle. Put the bottle into the double boiler wish a rag (or canning rack) at the bottom so the glass isn't in direct contact with the metal. Drop in your spring and then add chunks of wax to the bottle and then bring the double boiler to temperature. Get the wax melted, take it off of the heat, and THEN add the brake cleaner. I wouldn't add the cleaner while still on heat because you don't want to evaporate the cleaner, you want it to mix in and as the bottle cools anything in the air inside the bottle should start to condense on the walls of the bottle and fall down into the mix. I would use some sort of rubber stopper or self-sealing cap on the bottle and still inject the cleaner so that you don't have brake cleaner fumes rush out and get you high, but this way you can now swirl the wax around and get the brake cleaner to mix evenly with it before adding the water and without having to deal with open containers of this stuff. Just wrap it in a towel and swirl it around until it starts to solidify. Shaking it would probably work, too, but might coat the inside of your bottle with wax that might take a while to melt off. Swirling it around with the spring at the bottom will probably be enough to whisk it together, though. You might also try adding the pigment to the brake cleaner before mixing it into the wax. This might help get a more consistent color and also might even help the cleaner to mix evenly into the wax. Im imaging that the pigment + brake cleaner mix will work a bit like funky roux for your lava gravy. Then you can put your bottle over a lamp and wait to see if it melts under incandescent temperatures, put back in double boiler and add more cleaner if needed. Once the consistency seems right, then add your water, cap, and then put on your Pink Floyd and take your mollyacid, you goddamned hippy. Get a job cut and a real hair, pinko.

    KevinKevin19 օր առաջ
  • Use crayons!! I did this in middle school and had great success.

    Scott DobbsScott Dobbs19 օր առաջ
  • For the density additive, you would likely need a halogenated hydrocarbon. A hydrocarbon with only hydrogen and carbon is quite unlikely to reach the density required. Putting in things like oxygen and nitrogen will make it polar and dissolve in the water. So the only real option is putting a halogen onto it. And in general, iodine is denser than bromine, which is denser than chlorine. Bromobenzene has a solubility of 0.04% in water, and a density of 1.5 g/ml, and a a vapour pressure of 4.18 mm Hg (at least according to wiki). 1,4-dibromobenzene (or p-dibromobenzene) is even less soluble in water and even more dense (1.84 g/ml) and while I can't find its vapour pressure it is likely to be much lower than water. However it is a solid at room temp. However I'm not sure of the solubility of them in parafin wax. As they are non-polar they are likely soluble in it.

    Jeffrey BlackJeffrey Black20 օր առաջ
  • can I just say that I have set my house on fire trying to recreate the lava lamp with RUBBING ALCOHOL. please do not ever try this, I still have scars from it, but hell am I interested in trying again, this time with non-flammable materials.

    James ThomasJames Thomas20 օր առաջ
  • dude most o'does look overheated not to mention the back one

    Boney BeatsBoney Beats20 օր առաջ
  • I'd love for you to do a video on a version you'd deem safe to do at home.

    DarthDravvidDarthDravvid21 օր առաջ
  • could you use rgb led's and a induction coil to directly heat the coil in the lamp?

    James OwenJames Owen21 օր առաջ
  • I'd prefer leaving it to evaporate outside, rather than in a garage.

    pleappleappleappleappleappleap21 օր առաջ
  • Today's lamps most likely contain a mix of isopropanol and ethylene glycol as well as water. Basically, instead of increasing the density of the wax, they decrease the density of the liquid. These substances are pretty harmless unless you drink them. But why would you ever do this? Older models did in fact contain perchloromethane (or perchloroethylene) however they stopped using it in the 70s due to health concerns.

    Mario TollerMario Toller21 օր առաջ
  • If you want to know what's in literally anything look at medical documents because docters have to know what in stuff because health reasons

    Athena SchaunerAthena Schauner21 օր առաջ
  • "Can't exactly put an LED bulb in an oven can you?" Why yes... yes I can... and did... and wondered why it burnt out so quickly I've learned since then! lol

    BrntrogdorBrntrogdor21 օր առաջ
  • I've been quoted as saying on many occasions, that if my house ever is burning down and I can grab just one thing; it's going to be my lava lamp.

    CzarDeanerCzarDeaner22 օր առաջ
  • I broke an old lava lamp when I was a kid. I remember it smelled like the stuff you use to strip furniture.

    dauntae24dauntae2423 օր առաջ
  • FYI, Kremer Pigments is the place to go for raw micron-sized pigment powders.

    Ryan'sReelsRyan'sReels23 օր առաջ
  • You could use an aquarium tool to measure specific gravity of water (salinity )

    Robert BennettRobert Bennett23 օր առաջ
  • I love his facial expressions while he adds his chemicals to the lavalamps! "Yup. Wait. Huh?! No..ew!"

    MacintoshibaMacintoshiba23 օր առաջ
  • Thanks to #chubbyemu, I know to never drink those things!

    Priscilla GrrrPriscilla Grrr23 օր առաջ