One of the initial questions that most people have regarding mica pigment is the most obvious: what is it?
Mica is the name given to a group of silicate minerals which can be ground down into a sparkling powder for use in beauty products, causing it to be referred to as “nature’s glitter”.
Mica is a naturally occurring mineral that has numerous unique qualities. In its unmodified state, colors vary between the different minerals, from silver and white, pale yellow, creamy color to pink and purple tones. However, one of the most useful attributes of mica is its ability to absurd dyes and take on almost any color.
While mica will willingly accept dyes and absorb color, there are almost no substances into which mica will dissolve. This may seem like a hindrance at first, but it is actually the secret to the versatility of mica. From its natural state as a jagged mineral, mica intended for commercial or decorative use is typically ground into a fine powder. This powder is then dyed and, because it will not dissolve in most substances, it is extremely stable. This allows pigmented mica to be added to any number of other paints, adhesives, and resins in order to color them without modifying their inherent properties.
Almost any decorated or colored material you see potentially contains mica.
Mica color pigments can be added to paint for automotive or any other applications. They can be added to inks for screen printing shirts.
Here at Megan Goldner Designs, mica is used mainly in our Keepsake range to color our beautifully crafted resin items that gives you vibrant color and unique blends.
Because of their stable and inert nature, they can even be used to color and decorate soaps or cosmetics. In all of these cases, the mica pigments are suspended in the base substance – thus lending their color without modifying the properties of the material around them.
As you can probably ascertain, the possibilities with mica are virtually limitless.
Finding the Right Source
Perhaps the most important quality for mica to possess is consistency.
Color consistency is of utmost importance to us, and we have searched high and low for for some of the best suppliers in the industry, that will give us consistent color in different batches, no matter when we purchase.
The manufacturing of mica pigments is not an easy process, which is why we did extensive research to source it from the best to bring you choice and vibrant pigments every time.
It is important to us to give you color options to customize your items with. We strive to combine your vision with our creativity to create a unique and timeless piece that will stay vibrant in color for years to come.
We have partnered with industry leaders to bring you over 60 colors and flakes for you to choose from.
You will also find many of the colors on our website is our own unique blends to give you color that no one else have.
New MGD Color Chart
We are exited to be launching our brand new color chart in the next couple of weeks.
Our new MGD Color Chart will give you endless color and ‘texture’ options to make your MGD pieces as unique as the memory that we are paying tribute to.
Animals is important to us, and because of our ethical standpoint, it is important for us to use to use mica pigments and flakes which is non-toxic and cruelty free.
We take great pride in the fact that keep our work space and materials as green as possible.
Keep an eye on our social media pages, subscribe and follow to get the latest updates on when our exciting new color options will be available.