You probably had a specific craft in mind when you first bought your mica powder. Now that you’ve completed that craft, you might have some of that mica powder left over. What can you do with the leftover powder? There are many materials mica powder can be mixed with—here are four options to help you use this craft supply in a new way.
Melt and Pour Soap
Mica powder is safe for skin, meaning you can use it in homemade bath products, including soap. Most people find it easiest to add mica powder to melt and pour soap, especially if they’ve never made soap before. You can simply melt the soap according to directions, then add a sprinkle of mica powder; mix thoroughly and check the color. If the hue is satisfactory, you can pour your soap into the mold. If you want more color or shine, add more mica powder and mix until the soap is the desired color.
If you want to give your furniture new life, consider adding mica powder to it. Mica powder mixes easily with the waxes, varnishes, and lacquers many use to finish furniture. There are various methods for this process, depending on the material you use. For example, if you want to stain your furniture with mica powder, you can mix the powder into your preferred wax with a chip brush. Apply the colored wax to your furniture and let it dry for a colorful, shiny topcoat.
Glassmaking isn’t for everyone, but if you already practice this intense hobby, you can use mica powder to make it better. Mix mica powder with clean burning glass glue and rubbing alcohol. Paint your glass piece with this mixture, then place the glass in a kiln so the color adheres to your piece. This creates a stained-glass effect and eliminates the need to keep colored glass in stock.
One of the most popular materials to mix mica powder with is paint. You can make your own paint first, or you can add mica powder to a premade paint. Adding mica powder to premade paint helps intensify the color and adds shine. However, making your own paint will yield the best results. To make your own watercolors, mix baking soda, vinegar, corn syrup, and corn starch together; this is the base of your paint. Separate the base paint into different containers depending on how many colors you want, then mix a different mica powder into each container to create your desired colors.
Mica powder can be mixed with various materials to add color and shine to any project. These four ideas are just a few examples of what you can do with mica powder. If you need more mica powder or you want an option with a special effect, such as color-changing powder, Eye Candy Pigments can help. Our mica powders are high-quality and safe, so you can use them in any craft project.