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                                        How to Make a Lava Lamp

Lava lamps are as easy to make as they are fun to look at.

Required Materials: –

  • An empty plastic bottle
  • Vegetable or mineral oil
  • Food colouring
  • Effervescent tablet like alka-seltzer
  • Sequins and glitter
  • Salt
  • A flashlight

Procedure: –

  • Empty rinse thoroughly a large plastic soda bottle.
  • Pour vegetable or mineral oil into the bottle until its ¾ full.
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
  • Add several drops of the food colouring of your choice.
  • To make things more interesting, add sequins and glitter to the mixture.
  • Break an effervescent tablet like Alka-seltzer in several small pieces.
  • Drop these pieces into the bottle one by one.
  • You will see the oil begin to fall on the bottom and then rise in small droplets.
  • Continue adding the tablet pieces until they are all dissolved.
  • If you do not have an effervescent tablet then you can also add table salt to the mixture slowly to get the same effect.
  • Put the cap back on the bottle. Begin slowly moving the bottle back and forth in your hands until the oil droplets begin to form one big blob.
  • Illuminate the bottle with the flashlight to bring out the colours of the blob.


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