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What exactly is the goop inside a lava lamp?

Yep! Gonna get questionably gloopy!
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  1. Technology Connections

    Technology Connections

    Сарын өмнө

    Well, no effort was put towards my hair at least. Edit to add: I definitely should have worn safety glasses! My bad.

    • Charlie Baby

      Charlie Baby

      6 өдрийн өмнө

      Love your topics You shoulda seen what I decided to do with my lava lamp. Smh 110v scary

    • Migol x

      Migol x

      20 өдрийн өмнө

      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

    • mem


      24 өдрийн өмнө

      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

    • Oliver van der Togt

      Oliver van der Togt

      24 өдрийн өмнө

      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.

    • Falkon Nightsdale

      Falkon Nightsdale

      26 өдрийн өмнө

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

  2. nochtczar


    43 минутын өмнө

    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

  3. seppe josten

    seppe josten

    3 цагийн өмнө

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

  4. skippygirl959


    5 цагийн өмнө

    Brake clean is great stuff

  5. Legofan 98

    Legofan 98

    7 цагийн өмнө

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

  6. chris dray

    chris dray

    14 цагийн өмнө

    7:13 "... this lamp's goop has been replaced with my very own." just gonna leave that one here

  7. Spiderlord 2264

    Spiderlord 2264

    15 цагийн өмнө

    short answer, the stuff inside a lava lamp is wax and water

  8. Kenneth Grose

    Kenneth Grose

    18 цагийн өмнө

    Use the wax to start a fire, outdoor fire pit kind of stuff.

  9. Skull Man

    Skull Man

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Just wanted to say I love your content

  10. Chad Bednarczyk

    Chad Bednarczyk

    Өдрийн өмнө

    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..

  11. Cupcake Comrade

    Cupcake Comrade

    Өдрийн өмнө

    This whole video was "it worked! Until it didnt, THEN I MADE IT WORK, till it didnt

  12. August Brown

    August Brown

    Өдрийн өмнө

    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!!!

  13. Connor


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Take a shot everytime he says "clear" or "clearly"

  14. Ryan Vess

    Ryan Vess

    Өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  15. FranK


    Өдрийн өмнө

    i wanna eat the goo

  16. H. Celine

    H. Celine

    Өдрийн өмнө

    What a wild ride.

  17. MK Nava

    MK Nava

    Өдрийн өмнө

    such an interesting channel. Congrats in educating us ignorant swines

  18. maarten tool

    maarten tool

    Өдрийн өмнө

    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

  19. primoshunter


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Lol I'm scared by the fact I cleaned my hands with brake clean a couple times

  20. Andrew Dodds

    Andrew Dodds

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  21. Gingi Vitis

    Gingi Vitis

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  22. sehrgut42


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    The linseed oil is polymerizing, which is why it's starting to separate out.

  23. Joe M

    Joe M

    2 өдрийн өмнө

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

  24. ModernCRTGamer


    2 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  25. Darren Eggleston

    Darren Eggleston

    2 өдрийн өмнө

    These are important questions

  26. Indigo Spades

    Indigo Spades

    3 өдрийн өмнө

    Great video

  27. Epetra


    3 өдрийн өмнө

    "This lamp's gloop has been replaced with my very own!"

  28. Dice Blue

    Dice Blue

    4 өдрийн өмнө

    "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

  29. Kraken Ooze

    Kraken Ooze

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    Love the Commodore 64 shirt!

  30. xenoblue


    5 өдрийн өмнө

    And just like that I got a New ringtone..... Woohoo turn that down a bit

  31. captain skeptical

    captain skeptical

    5 өдрийн өмнө

    industrial wax

  32. The purdy channel

    The purdy channel

    5 өдрийн өмнө


  33. gammaray0wn


    5 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  34. Tyler Grandbois

    Tyler Grandbois

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    Clear clearly clear clear clear clearly😂

  35. Rob


    6 өдрийн өмнө

    You should see if NileRed can help with this particular conundrum. That would be an awesome collab.

  36. Nick S

    Nick S

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  37. Diego Brando

    Diego Brando

    6 өдрийн өмнө

    I love the parts when he describes the smell of haloalkanes nostalgically, like it’s no health worry

  38. Roadent1241


    7 өдрийн өмнө

    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?

  39. Andrew Flanders

    Andrew Flanders

    7 өдрийн өмнө

    Andy Rooney has been reincarnated as an informative, useful person.

  40. Kevin


    8 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  41. Scott Dobbs

    Scott Dobbs

    8 өдрийн өмнө

    Use crayons!! I did this in middle school and had great success.

  42. Jeffrey Black

    Jeffrey Black

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  43. James Thomas

    James Thomas

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  44. Boney Beats

    Boney Beats

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    dude most o'does look overheated not to mention the back one

  45. DarthDravvid


    10 өдрийн өмнө

    I'd love for you to do a video on a version you'd deem safe to do at home.

  46. James Owen

    James Owen

    10 өдрийн өмнө

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

  47. pleappleappleap


    10 өдрийн өмнө

    I'd prefer leaving it to evaporate outside, rather than in a garage.

  48. Mario Toller

    Mario Toller

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  49. Athena Schauner

    Athena Schauner

    10 өдрийн өмнө

    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

  50. Brntrogdor


    10 өдрийн өмнө

    "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

  51. Raggity Skags

    Raggity Skags

    11 өдрийн өмнө

    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.

  52. dauntae24


    12 өдрийн өмнө

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

  53. Ryan'sReels


    12 өдрийн өмнө

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

  54. Robert Bennett

    Robert Bennett

    12 өдрийн өмнө

    You could use an aquarium tool to measure specific gravity of water (salinity )

  55. Macintoshiba


    12 өдрийн өмнө

    I love his facial expressions while he adds his chemicals to the lavalamps! "Yup. Wait. Huh?! No..ew!"

  56. Priscilla Grrr

    Priscilla Grrr

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    Thanks to #chubbyemu, I know to never drink those things!

  57. nitrousshovelhead


    13 өдрийн өмнө

    It is impossible to over state how important it is to not heat up brake clean. I learned in welding class that using brake clean to clean parts Pryor to welding may produce a gas that can kill you at a concentration of just five parts per million.

  58. Cody Meng

    Cody Meng

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    I love the hair

  59. Jay Lewis

    Jay Lewis

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    9:35 "brake cleaner is... Probably not *particularly* dangerous" Me, a mechanic, at the end of my shift washing my hands with brake cleaner: *I mean pretty much*

  60. Rhodexa Art

    Rhodexa Art

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    7:04 Actually... the first and only lava lamp i had contained yellow wax and clear water. Which makes this video kind of more funny than it already was.

  61. Rhodexa Art

    Rhodexa Art

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    7:04 Actually... the first and only lava lamp i had contained yellow wax and clear water. Which makes this video kind of more funny than it already was.

  62. SatanRomps


    13 өдрийн өмнө

    2:08 : a fun frequent phenomenon found in Flava Flamps when they warm up is the spiky tower of wax! xD lol Flava flamps.

  63. Rayne D.

    Rayne D.

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    Most candle dyes are going to be the powders (many of the use the titanium dioxide that you're wanting anyways) that you're looking for. That should make the color stay stable.

  64. whatstdiggn


    13 өдрийн өмнө

    Call your trash company. You can take the failed lamps to a chemical recycle center.

  65. Keriel Watson

    Keriel Watson

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    This was hilarious and fascinating

  66. Crazy Beaker

    Crazy Beaker

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    or you find a proper disposal company for chemicals to ensure it is taken care of properly. Sometimes universities will take it your hand for a small fee and add it to their chemical disposal collection, as they collect a lot from the research labs on their campuses.

  67. Lloyd Evans

    Lloyd Evans

    13 өдрийн өмнө

    My first lava lamp used ordinary cooking oil as the "wax" part, and to make the water less dense so the oil would sink, I mixed it about 50:50 with isopropanol. Different cooking oils have slightly different densities, so depending on which one you use, you can adjust the ratio of isopropanol and water to ensure that the oil only just sinks. It worked a treat, but was confiscated from me at school because the electrical PAT testers thought that it was dangerous, and they were probably right - the alcohol/water mixture contained enough alcohol to still be flammable. For my next effort, I wanted an oily substance that would be slightly denser than water all on its own, without needing to mix alcohol with the water, and without being horribly toxic either. Searching through my chemistry data book turned up a compound called acetophenone (aka acetylbenzene or methyl phenyl ketone), a natural product which is a component of almond essence - it has a really strong "amaretto" type smell. I obtained some from Ebay, mixed it with some red "biro" ink to dye it, and put it into an old vodka bottle along with some ordinary tap water. This worked a treat when mounted over a 20 or 30 watt light bulb - the only concern was that if the bottle had ever broken or leaked, there would have been a permanent and strong almond smell on whatever the contents touched!

  68. thh420


    14 өдрийн өмнө

    brakleen can be used to kill wasps and such. they dissolve into moving gummi bears from it. its some nasty stuff.

  69. davidsonnow


    14 өдрийн өмнө

    Why do I get the vibe this dude is the same guy that could have hosted a kids, daytime public television show about science stuff in the 80's, anyone else???

  70. Crystal White

    Crystal White

    14 өдрийн өмнө

    Yeah my dad (a mechanic) sprays brake cleaner on hornet nests to kill them.

  71. Jade Green

    Jade Green

    14 өдрийн өмнө

    I wish lava lamps had a led light to switch to in order to keep the wax from bunching at the top because the entire lamp is hot

  72. Terry Byrd

    Terry Byrd

    14 өдрийн өмнө

    Just like the space heater episode - an instant hit!

  73. luketrash


    15 өдрийн өмнө

    Thanks so much for explaining this. I just bought a 1970s Lava Lamp on ebay that's in sad shape. If it ends up not working I wanted to salvage it by making my own lava for it. The only write-up I found online other than this was mentioning mixing PERC with parafin. I didn't want to be driving around from laundromat to laundromat like a weirdo asking them to sell me a cup of it. Meanwhile I have a whole case of red-can Brakleen in my garage. I've been using it for 25 years and haven't died yet, so you're probably OK to just dump it on the concrete and let it evaporate. Lord knows I've used at least 100 cans of this stuff and it just drips onto the ground and evaporates quickly. Also now that I know that BraKleen is mostly PERC, I'll probably try to remove stains from my clothes with it. Fun!

  74. bork


    15 өдрийн өмнө

    "Millennials have no attention span" Me, transfixed for 25 minutes by Technology Connections explaining the chemical composition of lava lamps

  75. Sir Smokee Fortwence

    Sir Smokee Fortwence

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    It's always "we'll get to that" And never "we're there."

  76. jim ewok

    jim ewok

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    try glycerin instead of soap? fun fact; Alec's garage is a Superfund site

  77. John Bickford

    John Bickford

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    Have you been on Oozinggoo.com? I found many interesting facts on the forum as to the fluid and wax makeup Some have used propylene glycol in the water

  78. Kernelpickle


    15 өдрийн өмнө

    Why not try melting some crayons in with the paraffin wax? The folks at Crayola seem to have the whole pigment thing down, and I would bet it’s more dense than paraffin.

  79. BadCoreyMedia


    15 өдрийн өмнө

    "This lamps goop has been replaced with my very own" He put his own goop in the lamp guys.

    • BadCoreyMedia


      15 өдрийн өмнө

      Sorry, love your videos, just the phrasing on that had me dying.

  80. Cursed Scarab

    Cursed Scarab

    15 өдрийн өмнө

    so i tried to refill my lava lamp but now the wax is to runny. Do i need to add more salt solution or more soap

  81. CandyInAVan


    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Why did his wine bottle wax have a ton of small wax balls? I had a lava lamp do that and it’s not as appealing like his other one

  82. Taylorwailer


    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Flippy Flip Flava Flamps c:

  83. The Dynast Queen

    The Dynast Queen

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    I still wanna know if you can touch the goop or will it be too hot? I'm to scared to try it and don't have a lamp so someone be my sacrifice to 2021.

  84. Adawg 303

    Adawg 303

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Pulls out brake cleaner: *DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!!!* Me: orders 50 cans of brake cleaner to try with at home

  85. j lirie

    j lirie

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    You don't have toxic waste disposal at your local waste/recycling center?

  86. Erkaz


    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Absolutely adore the amusing alliterations

  87. j s g

    j s g

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    www.mmsd.com/what-you-can-do/home-haz-mat-collection for disposal of home made concoctions.

  88. Marc M

    Marc M

    16 өдрийн өмнө

    Contact the MNmorer NileRed, he will turn lava lamp oil into candy or something

  89. Sandy DiVa

    Sandy DiVa

    17 өдрийн өмнө


  90. Kari kora

    Kari kora

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    I will buy a lava lamp one day

  91. Aidan Chappelle

    Aidan Chappelle

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    No Effort November is my favorite month

  92. j s

    j s

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    Hey aren't you the guy with the half silver face?

  93. Tomas Dahlgren

    Tomas Dahlgren

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    Great stuff, great video. Ooh, where did you get that black lavalamp? It's beautiful! I did some experimenting myself a few years ago when I was into lavalamps, mine was an Astro from Mathmos. I got some 'perk' (perchlorethylene) from a drycleaner and mixed it with molten wax /praffin granulate. You need to 'cook' you lava first just like you do in your clip, preferably use a beaker or flask with a beak standing in a pot of hot water. Then slowly mix in the perk, about 20-30 % of your total lava amount, add coloring for candles, blending it slowly or you get bubbles. And don't heat it over 75*C. Then poor the lava slowly into a clean lamp/bottle and let it cool. When lava is solid add water. We have clean tap water here in Sweden so I used that, and put only a drop or two of dishwashing detergent in it, you can dilute one drop in some water to make it dissolve quicker and avoid putting too much of it into your lamp. The detergent regulates the blob's size and resolution, less detergent does larger blobs, adding more detergent will get you many smaller blobs, so take care not to use too much or you will end up with many small blobs that will never coagulate. Salt is used to balance the wax in water float property (the density of water). Remember when when adding your perk try first only minimum, like 20 % of complete wax amount. Use half a teaspoon salt to start, adding more if necessary. Use grain / rock salt (simple salt) without iodine or any additives, or you may cloud the water. And dissolve your salt in a separate container first so you only poor salt concentrate into your lamp. Also mind to not fill the lamp all the way, keep an inch or so for adding salt water. The water level should leave at least half inch at the top of the bottle, it will expand with heat! Then test switching on your lamp for 30-60 mins and see how it works, regulate the 'wax-weight' by extracting or adding clean, or salt, water. Once your wax cycles well, hot wax floats upwards, then cools and sinks down, then your lamp is tuned OK.

  94. Scott Burns

    Scott Burns

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    Omg. You’re clearly killing me with the “clearly”

  95. Tyler Gladys

    Tyler Gladys

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    Lava lamps are night lights for big kids

  96. Joe Leoffler

    Joe Leoffler

    17 өдрийн өмнө

    brakeleen is every technicians favorite spray, using it to clean brakes, carburetors, throttle bodies and as starting fluid

  97. Lexi Conby

    Lexi Conby

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    great video! this explains why my friend’s lava lamp wax floated to the top after the light bulb was replaced. was probably too hot and caused the brake fluid to separate from the wax

  98. Ginny Jolly

    Ginny Jolly

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    Nice explanation. Also good for chemical investigations. (Though not as meticulously documented as good science demands.) As far as creating a lava lamp, I'll leave that to dedicated tinkerers like you, and I'll just buy a nice one.

  99. Ginny Jolly

    Ginny Jolly

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    Yes, kosher salt is best: most table salt like Morton use anticaking agents which don't dissolve in water. Morton used this as a selling point, saying "When it rains, it pours," indicating that the salt runs freely in humid conditions and doesn't clog up.

  100. Veteran Bicycle

    Veteran Bicycle

    18 өдрийн өмнө

    Listen here, dude: I have no idea why I keep watching your videos. You are a thing, but your thing isn't a thing. Eh? The dark side of the moon. There's nothing else to say. Okay?