What are Mica Colours and How Do You Use Them?

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What are Mica Colours and How Do You Use Them?

Mica is a mineral that comes from muscovite stone and is used to add colour and shimmer to epoxy resin, soap, candles, cosmetics, clay and other artistic mediums. The metamorphic rock that creates the mica differs to pigment powder, as its main purpose is to create a sparkling or shiny effect, whereas pigments are the colours themselves.

This fine glittery material dyes or colours nearly any surface it comes into contact with.

Here are a few of our favourite ways to use mica powder!

This mineral is used to add colour and shimmer to epoxy resin, soap, candles, cosmetics and even translucent polymer clay. Although mica differs to pigment powder, as its main purpose is to create a sparkling or shiny effect, whereas pigments are the colours themselves.

1. Art journal

To get a nice shimmery background for your art journal or scrapbook page, combine water and mica powder into a spray bottle and simply spray it right on to your paper.

2. Painting

You can mix mica powder right into oil paint, acrylic paint, or other mediums to give the painting depth and a luminous effect.

3. Clay

There are two ways you can use mica powder with clay. You can either mix it in with the raw clay to add colour or you can brush the pigment on, sealing it with a finish. You can also brush mica powder onto metal and apply a finish.

4. Soap

Using the melt and pour method, all you have to do is add the powder to your melt. If you get any mica bubbles float up to the top, spray them with just a little bit of Isopropyl Alcohol. Once everything is mixed, pour the soap into your mould. Note: Mica powder works best with transparent melts.

5. Epoxy Resin

To mix your resin and mica together, take a mixing stick and stir gently to form the iridescent shimmer. You’ll find that just a small amount provides good cover and dispersion, with light-reflecting micro particles creating luminous effects. 

6. Bathbombs

Simply add your mica powder into your dry powder mixture or can also use them to paint on bath bombs. Mix 1 part colour with 3 parts 99% isopropyl alcohol.

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Posted: Thursday 20 May 2021