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noelle
« on: September 24, 2005 01:29:32 PM »

i'm thinking of going as a lava lamp this year, but only if i can be a working lava lamp.

any thoughts on how to go about it?
the cheesy route would be balloons and a fan, but.. i dunno.

i will probably have a battery-operated light shining from the bottom.
here's my rough sketch of where i will be:

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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2005 01:43:11 PM »

thats a really awsome idea sorry i have no tips though
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2005 05:24:16 PM »

you could just have oil and food colouring water between two clear plastic sheets(shower curtin?) it'll move when you walk and such.. you could have it all over or just have little pockets sewn in with the oil and food colouring water in them ... i think there are even shower curtins like this...   if you do the pocket idea you could put little charms or something in them and give prizes to who can find the right pocket by poking them and 'activating' the lava lamp effect... just an idea... Wink
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2005 05:46:00 PM »

i think there are even shower curtins like this... 

oooh, i am intrigued.  Smiley
do you know what they're called?
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2005 07:05:59 AM »

i have no idea  Huh sorry i think i saw them at mervyn's and some had little ducks in them some didn't ...
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2005 07:27:18 AM »

what if you got fabric that changed color when light hit it, and use it to make a body suit and fix a light in the costume so when you walk the light would swirl around your body with the movement and give the impreshion of the lava flowing! That's all I can come up with! Good luck!  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2005 01:08:06 PM »

Wow- that's really ambitious. A real lava lamp works by convection. You have one immiscible fluid in another (like oil and water except closer in density so the "oil/lava" doesn't float unless heated). They are heated from the bottom and the "lava" rises, cools and falls again. The most authentic lava lamp costume would have fluids convecting. If you already plan for it to be lit from below, that could be your heat source. Maybe you could combine this with the oil-food-colouring-shower curtain ideas. You don't want your costume to be too heavy.

Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2005 09:11:13 PM »

IKEA has those shower curtains. They have blue liquid in the pockets.
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