Understanding Mica Powder and It’s Uses
Understanding Mica Powder and It’s Uses

Understanding Mica Powder and It’s Uses

Mica powder is a lightweight, soft, and smooth material that produces a metallic-like finish on any surface. Adding it into resin is a technique used for creating depth and complexity to the cured coating. It is the best alternative to other colorants (pigments, ink) for crafts that require a particular level of subtlety and delicacy.

Thinking about art projects where you can use mica powder? Here are some picks:

  1.   Art journal

Here is a tip: mix mica powder in water and spray it on your paper. This will make the pages of your journal or scrapbook shiny and shimmery. Have fun!

  1.   Painting

Mix the mica powder with your painting media such as oil or acrylic. It will give the painting a whole level of depth and quality. You can be as creative as you want to be. Mica powder is best to use for nature-inspired painting like the ocean, forest, sky, or any landscape. 

  1.   Clay

There are two ways to use mica powder in clay. First, you can mix it with the raw clay. Another option is to mix it with a pigment then use it to seal it with a finish. You can also apply mica on a metal surface to add luster to it.

  1.   Glass

Applying mica powder on glass is quite complicated. You need to mix it first with a glass glue (or Bullseye Glastac) and rubbing alcohol. Mix together 2 parts mica, 1 part Glastac, and 1 part rubbing alcohol. Use this mixture to paint a pre-cleaned glass before you put it in the kiln at 1325° F.

  1.   Soap

Yes, you heard it right- mica powder can also be used to color soap. All you have to do is to add mica powder to your melt. If you see mica bubbles float to the top, spray it with alcohol. Once the powder is properly incorporated into the melt, you can pour the soup into the mold. Note: For transparent melt, use ½ tsp mica powder per pound of melt.

  1.   Furniture

Mica powder can also be mixed with waxes, varnishes, lacquers and other liquids to coat furniture surfaces. Use it to coat bar tops, tables, chairs and doors to make stunning arts. Your guest will surely envy your fixtures!!!

Mica powder is a very versatile colorant. It adds a magical glow on whatever surface you add it into. What’s your favorite project using it?


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