Can You Use Mica Powder in UV Resin?
Resin art has taken the crafting world by storm. With the endless possibilities of what can be created, it's no wonder that more and more people are getting into this fascinating art form. Whether you enjoy more challenging adventures with classic Epoxy Resin or easy and fast-curing ones like beautiful charms and jewelry with UV Resin, you have probably heard of mica powders as the most popular colorants for epoxy resin applications. But the question remains, can you use mica powder in UV resin? Of course, the answer is YES; we'll explain how in this article.
What is Mica Powder?
Mica powder is a naturally occurring mineral ground into a fine powder coated with other metallic oxides for mind-blowing color variations. Since the resulting pigments are inert and do not dissolve, the sparkling particles stay suspended in the resin, producing a mesmerizing special effect. Resin artists and crafters love these colorants due to the metallic or pearlescent effect on the finished piece and the incredible movement and depth they produce.
How to Use Mica Powder in UV Resin?
As we just explained, Micas are very stable mineral pigments that don't react or transform in resins, making them the perfect colorant for both epoxy and UV resins. So you can definitely use mica powder to add beautiful colors and special effects to your UV resin projects. Keep reading to learn more about how you can do that.
UV Resin Jewelry
Jewelry making is not only a fun and rewarding project but it is also one of the most popular applications of UV Resin colored with Micas. To get a better idea of this process, check the video below where talented resin artist @shenpop_art easily makes beautiful earrings with UV resin and MEYSPRING Pigments.
Using mica powder in UV resin is relatively easy. Just pour the amount of UV resin needed into a container or surface and add a small amount of mica powder. Mix thoroughly until no clumps are visible. You can use a stir stick or a craft stick for this purpose.
The amount of mica powder you add will depend on the effect you're trying to achieve. If you want a subtle effect, use a small amount of powder. If you want a more intense result, use more powder. However, using less pigment powder when adding color to UV resin projects is recommended because the hardening process requires light to pass through. An oversaturated mixture of pigment powder and UV resin could interfere with the development of that process.
Once the powder is thoroughly mixed, you can pour the resin into your mold or onto your surface as you normally would. Afterward, it's time to let the UV Lamp work its magic following your UV resin manufacturer's instructions. And, voilà! Your UV resin creation is done and ready to use.
Of course, depending on the project size and number of layers, you'll need more or less time to finish it. But UV resin adventures usually take a few mins to completely dry.
Check another fun project made by resin artist @shenpop_art using our Green Pyromorphite mica powder this time:
Mica powder is an excellent addition to any resin artist's toolkit. It's a versatile art supply that is easy to use and can add a beautiful metallic or pearlescent effect to your UV resin or Epoxy Resin project. So whether you're new to resin art or a seasoned pro, try mica powder in your next project and see the magic it can create. If you want to learn more about Mica Powder Uses, check out this article.
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