When your resin art needs just the right shimmering color, chances are that what you need is mica powder! Today we are explaining how to color epoxy resin with mica powder so that you will be able to do it with confidence.
Mica Powder comes from mica stones and is a fine powder that gives off amazing shimmer. It is used to add color and shimmer to many things; from cosmetics to art work. It works amazingly well in our Artist Resin where the clarity of the epoxy lets the beauty of the mica powder really shine! Once you learn how to color epoxy resin with mica powder, your craft will never be the same again. It opens up so many different design possibilities. To be honest with you, we are totally hooked! You can never have too much shimmer, right?
How to Color Epoxy Resin with Mica Powder
There are so many different ways to you use our Artist Resin. And regardless of what type of resin art they specialize in, most resin artists add color to their epoxy resin at some point. There are several options for colorants that you can use and mica powder is quickly becoming one of the most popular! The reasons for that are easy to see.
Not only do our mica powders give you that gorgeous mica shimmer, the colors are stunning as well. And, unlike lower quality mica powders, you only need the tiniest bit to make a big impact! Not only does that save you product and money, it also means that your resin will cure properly because you haven’t had to add too much colorant.
How to Mix Epoxy Resin
Let’s start by talking about how to properly combine your Artist Resin. You will find the instructions on each container of our resin but here are some tips.
- Start by measuring equal amount of Part A and Part B of your Artist Resin. Mix the solution thoroughly for about 3 minutes. Scrape the resin off of the bottom and sides of the container as you go to fully incorporate both parts. If you are unsure of how much resin you will need for your project you can use our handy dandy Resin Calculator to help you figure it out!
- Once the resin is combined the two parts (resin and hardener) will begin the chemical reaction which will eventually allow it to cure. You have plenty of time to color and pour your resin before the curing process begins though. When you are satisfied that your resin has been thoroughly mixed, you can move onto adding color!
How to Color Epoxy Resin with Mica Powder
- First separate your combined resin into smaller mixing cups. One for each color of mica you will be using. If you only need a little of each color medicine cups work great for this!
- Next, add a pinch of mica powder at a time and stir to combine it well. Scrape the sides and bottom of your mixing cup just like you do when combining the resin. Start with a tiny amount and add a little at a time until you get the exact shade you are looking for.
- At this point your resin is beautifully colored and ready to pour. Or, if you are also adding glitter to your resin you would do that now.
- Another option is to start by using Dispersion Color to pigment your resin. Then add a coordinating mica powder to add depth and shimmer to your color. Once you are loving the look of your resin it is time to apply it your project!
Projects for your Mica Colored Epoxy Resin
We have a great post that gives you ideas for how to use mica powder in your art. But here is a quick list of possibilities… Tumbler artists absolutely love mica powders! The shimmers are gorgeous on so many different tumbler designs. And they look amazing in drips for drip cups.
Mica powders are also very popular in resin jewelry. Earrings, pendants, and bracelets all look stunning when created using micas. The same goes with everything from coasters to abstract resin pours. And mica powder isn’t just for resin art. It can be used with many other mediums and used in different kinds of crafty projects.
The Finishing Touches
Mica powder adds so much depth and dimension to our art. Not to mention a serious level of beauty! And it is very simple to use. So, if you have never tried it, we hope you are excited to give it a go. If you still need a little convincing you can check out our New Mica Review where one of your fellow artists gives the dish on our mica powders.
We would love to see what you create now that you know how to color epoxy resin with mica powder! Be sure to tag us when you share your creations on social media so we can check them out.
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