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DIY Lava Lamp

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Using common products found in your home you can make your own fizzing and floating lava lamp. This page is about making a DIY lava lamp.
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March 2, 2017

I was amazed about how lava lamps are made. I tried making one at home. Alka Seltzer is what makes the fizzing and floating effect, but I don't have it, so I tried an experiment using the chewable aspirin. It doesn't really fizz the way Alka Seltzer does, but still it's beautiful.

Supplies:

  • empty bottle
  • vegetable oil
  • food color
  • water
  • battery operated candle light/lamp
  • aspirin or any fizzing tablet (substitute for Alka Seltzer)
  • funnel
  • Note: if you don't have fizzing tablets salt or baking soda will work as well.

Steps:

  1. Pour water filling 1/4 of the bottle. Use a funnel to avoid spilling.
  2. Add cooking oil. Leave a little space so it does not overflow when tablet is added.
  3. Add a few drops of your desired food coloring.
  4. In my case I put 10 tiny aspirin tablets. But if you use Alka Seltzer 1 tablet will be fine.
  5. If you're not satisfied with the fizzing effect of aspirin add baking soda or salt.
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  7. Place the battery operated light behind the bottle or find a glow stick and place it inside the bottle.
  8. Display it in your room. You can turn off the lights as it can be used as dimlight.
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