Introduction: Mason Jar Lava Lamp

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One week ago my Lava Lamp broke, It fell off the table and onto the floor shattering into a million pieces. I was very disappointed! I loved watching the colored lava flow up and down the glass tube. While I was cleaning the mess I thought there must be some way to fix it. I had the broken lamp in a drawer for these couple days then I came across this contest and I thought that maybe I could use the mason jar as a substitute for the shatterd cylinder.

Step 1: Materials

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These are the things you will need to make this groovy Lava Lamp.

1: Mason Jar

2: Water

3: The bottom half of a Lava Lamp

4: The wax and coil


5: tape or a hot glue gun

Step 2: Lava

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Open your jar and place the Wax at the bottom of the jar as seen in the picture above.

Step 3: Water

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Fill the jar with water any type will due, I used tap water.

Step 4: Fastening

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Place your jar onto of the bottom half of the lamp. In some cases you might need to use hot glue or tape to make sure your jar doesn't go anywhere. I didn't need any extra support because my jar fit perfectly.

Step 5: Enjoy

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Now here is the finished product just plug it in and watch the lava flow back and forth. I was very happy with the results and i think you will be too thank you for reading.


glitter_girl (author)2015-06-02

This is amazing! We're doing a Science Fair and I'll try this! I absolutley love it!

CreativeFix (author)glitter_girl2015-08-07

:D Thank you so much!

Mr AbAk (author)2015-01-08

Awesome ible!!

CreativeFix (author)Mr AbAk2015-01-08

Thank you so much! Feed back means the world to me :D

This is so awesome! What a great fix!

Thank you :D

ippyrocks4001 (author)2014-12-30

Wow!! I love this project! My parents love mason jar projects and they will go nuts for this! If you still have it, can you use the original liquid the wax was in?

It's mineral oil, and yes, you can use the original liquid it came with.
The author of this 'ibles used water since all but the wax was lost.

CreativeFix (author)SugarCluster2015-01-01

Exactly xD

Akin Yildiz (author)2014-12-27

very nice, original idea..

CreativeFix (author)Akin Yildiz2014-12-27

Thank you :)

cbryan14 (author)2014-12-27

This helps me sleep now

CreativeFix (author)cbryan142014-12-27

:D Im glad I helped!

smorgsborg (author)2014-12-27

Great idea!

CreativeFix (author)smorgsborg2014-12-27

Thank you so much!

isabella.e21 (author)2017-04-20

What does the coil do, and what kind of wax did you use

Ajdabber (author)2017-01-25

the only thing is, there do you get a bottom of a lava lamp?

LaraN7 (author)2016-04-05

Cool. can I use regular Candle wax??

b1nman (author)LaraN72016-07-06

Its paraffin wax in lava lamps I think, I am not sure what wax most candles are made from though. It depends on the candle I suppose.

LaraN7 (author)2016-04-05

Cool. can I use regular Candle wax??

summer2003 (author)2015-04-06

that is really cool

CreativeFix (author)summer20032015-04-25

Thank you! :-)

momoka.duw (author)2015-03-08

since I live in la small town, I have idea where I can get the wax. Is there any components that differentiate the lava lamp wax with the candle wax? :)

CreativeFix (author)momoka.duw2015-03-16

"WAX: Canning and candle wax is the best source. It is used to make candles, or to seal the tops of canning jars. It can be found in craft and grocery stores, usually in a one pound box. For coloring, use candle dye, I have not had much luck using crayons to color the wax as the crayon tends to form flakes and chunks." The link where I found this information here

kalique_a (author)2015-03-06

Dope I'm gonna try it

CreativeFix (author)kalique_a2015-03-16

Awesome! Let me know how it goes!

dollum (author)2015-01-04

The wax in my lamp has detached from the coil. Nothing I've tried will get my lamp working :(

CreativeFix (author)dollum2015-01-05

Im sad to hear that :( Dose the wax just not combine with the coil anymore? Also what size jar did you use?

dollum (author)CreativeFix2015-01-09

I have the original container but the wax disconnected from the coil and just floats at the top ... I might just try draining the liquid then heat it up to see if the wax will melt back onto the coil and stay. Will let you know if that works.

CreativeFix (author)dollum2015-01-09

I'm 99% sure that will work! You just need to find a container the size of the coil so it will melt in that shape. You might want to add some anti stick to the container so the wax doesn't stick. Hope I helped :)

Mr AbAk (author)2015-01-08

Awesome ible!!

CreativeFix (author)Mr AbAk2015-01-08

Thanks again! xD

elias.alberto (author)2015-01-03

I have a store-bought lava lamp, but its water turned cloudy. Can I just open it and change the water? I'm a bit afraid because I've been reading about DIY lava lamps and it seems they use a very specific mixture of liquids to achieve the desired density.

The water worked just fine for me. I watched a couple videos on lava lamps and they all said the liquid inside besides the wax is colored water so I'm pretty sure you will be fine. The only thing I'm unsure about is how you would cap it after you fill it with water. The cap I'm talking about is the picture I included.

srowray (author)2014-12-31

isn't the original fluid in a lava lamp oil not water?

CreativeFix (author)srowray2015-01-01

What are the two liquids that make up a lava lamp? | Notes and Queries | According to this it is colored water, Maybe some time ill test out oil :)

filip74321 (author)2014-12-28

great build i just have one question:
can you use ordinary candle wax for this build

CreativeFix (author)filip743212014-12-28

Im not sure at the moment but ill test it out :)

BentSticks (author)2014-12-28

Seems dangerous. How hot does the jar get?

CreativeFix (author)BentSticks2014-12-28

Surprisingly I left it on all night and it wasn't that hot. If you are scared I suggest you turn it on at hours at a time.

stalker145 (author)2014-12-27

Is the wax just standard candle wax?

CreativeFix (author)stalker1452014-12-27

No the wax is from a broken lava lamp

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