When you start up a LavaLamp it goes through a few phases. First it just sits there while the lava warms up. Then a bit of lava squirts to the top really quickly and seems to “freeze.” A little while later that frozen lava breaks up and falls to the bottom and soon after tiny balls start spitting up (that’s what’s captured in this video). After the tiny ball phase, it enters the regular LavaLamp phase for a few hours before reaching the final giant lava glob. Once you’ve got a giant lava glob it’s time to shut it down and give it a rest already. I shot this so I’d have something HD to upload to Flickr.