I just can't believe it is my last post for craftykickstart16! Where did the month go? It sure was a lot of fun for it passed so quickly! :D Cyber hugs to all the lovely people who participated this month. keep your fingers crossed :D
Khadija asked me about some uses of Mica powders in the comment section of my last post. I know there are many powders in the market. I have two types- Perfect Pearls and Mica Powders. And I will do a little comparison in this post which is completely based on my opinions and is, by no means, endorsed :)
I have made a little comparison of these two powders with water, this Texture paste and Soft Matte Gel.
I personally have never done this comparison myself and naturally started using Mica Powders (I never owned Pearl Powders myself or used them a lot) So I was myself very excited to know how different or same they are. :) (thank you Kadjiha!)
I took the closest colors I had in both the products, Gold in Mica Powder and Perfect Gold in Perfect Pearls. They apparently looked pretty much the same. Soft, shimmery and pigmented. Probably they are the same products from different brands only? (Pearl Powders are from Ranger Inc while Mica Powders are manufactured by Prima Marketing under the Finnabair's Mixed Media products- Art Ingredients) But as you can see in the picture above, perfect pearls is by definition a truer gold than mica. No?
I used Texture Paste in Matte from Ranger Inc. Below you can find the picture of texture paste in matte mixed with pearl powders. What I noticed was:
1. It is not as pigmented in a matte paste as it appears to be in a powder- so you get a muted gold. and the shimmer doesn't stand out that much.
2. It doesn't mix well. Can you see small dots of powder in the paste below? Although I gave equal time in mixing both of the powders with the paste. Perfect Powders took a little time to be mixed in well. Maybe they are not as fine as the Mica?
|Perfect Pearls in Perfect Gold with Matte Texture Paste|
|Mica Powder in Gold with Matte Texture Paste|
|Left: Mica Powder- Right: Perfect Pearls|
I love this product! It is a very strong adhesive for heavy embellishments that you might use in mixed media. During my workshop with Finnabair, I got to know that we could also make pastes using a bit of soft gel with mica powders. it so happened that I needed a gold label for one of my projects that I was doing in the workshop and I was not satisfied with any gold spray. Anna just made this paste quickly using the soft matte gel and gold mica and It was just what I was looking for :) I have been using the same to color many of the metals. I wanted to check if this works with pearl powder as well. So I tested it today.
Mica Powder is less "smoky" in the Soft matte gel. If you remember my altered configurations box, I used the same procedure to color the legs and the resin frame in the box. Check it out here
|Mica Powder in Gold with Soft Matte Gel|
and after the gel dried up:
|The leg I colored using the same paste.|
I have the experience of using both with water. Both make great shimmer spray. If you are making a shimmer spray with the powders, make sure you dont add alot for it can clog the tube and the nozzle of the bottle. Just add a bit- enough to serve as a shimmer spray.
I didnt shimmer it onto something because that is kinda difficult to show in pictures- I hope you all got the idea. :)
Thank you so much everyone for playing along with us. I hope the posts helped each one of you in one way or the other :) Your comments mean a lot. Feedback and appreciation is lovely, isn't it? You are welcome to tag me on Instagram or Facebook or message me on my business page anytime you want me to have a look at your project or need any tip. I will try my best to help!
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Until next time