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Wax and water never looked so good
Author Name: superness11
Advantages: Good quality
Disadvantages: Takes a while to melt
I bought a lava lamp for my study at home. I find the moving colours and shapes really relaxing. I wanted one that was well made and good quality though so I decided to look on the Internet and buy one that was a little better quality and more unusual than most.
==Price and availability==
The lava lamp I bought for the study is made by Mathmos. It cost me £55 and I bought it from EBay. Brand new the brand's website the lamp can cost around £60.00.
The lamp stands around 17 inch tall and is shaped like a rocket. It stands on a metal frame which is silver and has a silver cap on the top. The middle section is clear with pink wax. When the lamp is off the wax goes hard and settles on the base of the lamp. As the lamp heats up and indeed the exterior feels quite warm to the touch the wax melts and rises. As wax and water do not mix, the wax rises and swirls in the water like a lava effect, which gives the lamp it's name.
There is a lead that connects the lamp to the mains supply. The lamp lights up and gets warm which makes the wax melt and as water and wax do not mix you get some really lovely psychedelic patterns.
I love the patterns and the shapes of the lamp and I find it so relaxing when I am trying to do some work in the study. The wax and water makes some lovely patterns on the wall too as the shadows leap and blob across the roof and walls.
The only problem I have with my lamp is that because of the size, the wax takes quite a long time to melt. If you are only in the room for a short period of time then you will not get to experience the true effects of it.
Overall the aesthetics of the lamp are great, the frame looks great and it stands elegantly in the study. The lamp brings the Bohemia of the 60's to the contemporary style of today. I am pleased with it as it looks different, quirky yet stylish.
Summary: A lava rocket lamp
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