Are you looking at your craft supplies, wondering what to do with the magical mica powder you bought but never found a way to use? Do you have some ideas, but you’re unsure how to use mica powder in your art?
In the US, the FDA approves the use of mica-based pearlescent pigments of up to 0.07 percent by weight in distilled spirits. It’s a surprising color additive.
If you’re feeling creative and want to add something special to your art, mica powder might be just the thing. Here are a few ways you can use it to add a wow factor to your projects.
What Is Mica Powder?
Mica is the name given to a group of minerals with crystals that are easy to split into thin plates. Several uses for mica powder include drywall and paints, auto parts, electronics, and even makeup.
Dry ground mica is an excellent filler with a smooth consistency. Wet ground mica adds a valuable shimmer effect to products. Mica color powder is a soft glitter that adds colorful effects to a variety of products.
Painting With Mica Powder
It’s easy to use mica powder as paint. You simply dip a brush in water, blot it on a paper towel and then pick up a bit of mica powder with your damp brush. You can wash your brush between colors or blend them for unique effects.
Play around with different brushes and surfaces to get other project ideas. Adding mica powder painting to your fun at-home projects is quite simple.
Mica powder is an excellent addition to homemade soaps. It adds a beautiful shimmer and color. Mix a teaspoon of pigment with a tablespoon of lightweight oil if you’re making soap using the cold method. Add the powder to glycerin if you’re using the hot method.
Be sure to use mica that is free of colorants that can cause skin problems. Certain color additives that touch the skin are not FDA approved. They include titanium dioxide, iron oxide, and chromium oxide green.
Resin Is a Perfect Showcase for Mica Powder
Mica powder adds depth and dimension to your resin projects. Combine your resin and hardener before you add any mica powder. Be prepared so you have some time to add color before your resin hardens. Put your combined resin into smaller mixing cups if you’re using several mica colors for this project.
Add the mica powder a pinch at a time because a little goes a long way. The clarity of the resin is the perfect way to show off the shining beauty of the mica powder.
Try Mica Powder in Your Art Projects
Once you start adding mica powder to your art, you’ll want to use it all the time. You can experiment with different ways to incorporate it into any arts and crafts you make at home.
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