Introduction: How to Make a Lava Lamp

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hve you ever wanted to make your own lava lamp ?? its very simple .
1. Vegetable oil
2.water coloring
4.alka seltzer

Step 1: Step 1

step 1 get your bottle and fill it 3/4 full of veg oil

Step 2: Step 3

3.Add about 10 drops of food coloring. Be sure to make the water fairly dark in color

Step 3: Step 4

4. Divide the Alka-Seltzer tablet into 8 pieces

Step 4: Step 5

5.Drop one of the tiny pieces of Alka-Seltzer into the oil and water mixture and keep going. close the bottle and your done.


PJ.Kempen (author)2014-11-19

Wait a minute... you're not a lava lamp. This article got my hopes up and dashed them with one fell swoop. Curse your deceptive title!

TicTac101 (author)2013-02-06

THANK YOU! I have been looking for this for my school project and i will use it!

All_Stars (author)2010-02-18

I heard you can replace alka seltzer tablets with salt. I know this is true but which one is better to use? I really need my answer fast because I have a science fair project coming up. Thank you!

alex and neetu (author)2009-10-25

how can i make it last more longer? and can alka seltzer be replaced by any thing else?

littleangels (author)2009-01-05

Would baking soda and vinegar last longer than alka seltzer?

zonemad96 (author)littleangels2009-01-24

I think it would

SadieX (author)2008-12-23

If someone combined this Instructable with this one :!/

then you've got yourself a lava lamp. ;D

a strong light bulb might give off enough heat so that it bubbles, like a real lava lamp.

if it doesn't it'll still look better being lit up instead of just in a bottle. ;D

DaNerd11 (author)2008-08-28

how much water do u put in and how long duz it last?

thinguy (author)2008-04-04

I knew how to do this and yours was better so if u can make a cooler one like red with black

dhoncave (author)2007-03-04

don't hope on it too much guys...the way i see's a one time lava lamp.when all Alka-Seltzers are dissolved.there won't be any movement anymore.real lava lamps make use of the heat from the lamp to move those blobs around.

Coolyo (author)dhoncave2007-03-04

its still fun to make

T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-03-02

Err, I've been trying to make lava lamps for years and have never been successful. PLEASE add more pictures/ more detailed instructions.... and a video of it in action.

LasVegas (author)2007-02-24

Please finish this instructable! It's a good idea, but the description of the process is overly vague and it desperately needs photos/illiustrations.

Dzwiedziu (author)LasVegas2007-02-24

Ditto. Also a movie would be greatly appreciated.

Mr.Asmith9 (author)Dzwiedziu2007-02-25

I think its a really good idea, but befor I go try it I would also like more information about it and what not. But other then that sounds awesome!

Coolyo (author)Mr.Asmith92007-02-25

step 2 is fill the rest with water .

Coolyo (author)Dzwiedziu2007-02-25

step 2 is fill the rest with water .

Coolyo (author)LasVegas2007-02-25

step 2 is fill the rest with water .

cry_wolf (author)2007-02-25

This obviously looks like a good project, but the instructable, sadly, is not very in depth. I know it has potential, so please add some more pictures and better instructions and republish please. =]

lemonie (author)2007-02-25

step 2 is fill the rest with water . What about the light?

Coolyo (author)lemonie2007-02-25

you could put the lighht but youy dont realy have to

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