Introduction: How to Make a Lava Lamp
This instructable explains how to make a lava lamp based on a chemical reaction.
Step 1: Material
The material to make this experiment is the following :
- Vegetable oil
- Glass jar
- Plastic cup
- Food coloring
- Sodium bicarbonate
Step 2: Sodium Bicarbonate
Fill 1/20 of the empty jar with soduim bicarbonate
Step 3: Vegetable Oil
Fill the jar containing sodium bicarbonate almost to the top.
The sodium bicarbonate must stay at the bottom of the jar.
Step 4: Colored Vinegar
Fill a plastic cap with vinegar and some drops of food coloring.
The more you put vinegar, the more the chemical reaction will last.
Step 5: Mix the Two Solutions
In order to start the lava lamp, just put the colored vinegar in the jar.
The vinegar will react with the sodium bicaronate creating CO2.
CO2 bubbles will go around the vinegar making it more light than oil pulling it up.
Then CO2 will escape and the vinegar will go down.
Step 6: Video
Watch the result in video. It is incredibly peaceful.
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I imagine that doesn't last forever. Is there a meaning of "reloading" it ? Maybe with sodium bicarbonate or vinegar addition ?
You can put more sodium bicarbonate at the beginning so you can reload just by adding colored vinegar.
But it is as beautiful as before reload because the "old" vinegar is no longer moving.