Tagged: mica powder; Comments. July 13. Water is just about the worst choice here, as most pigments will clump up and look speckled. The proportion 2:1:1 for Mica, Glastac, and rubbing alcohol, respectively, should be maintained. EVchem Member. As an alternative, sometimes I pour a small amount of soap batter into my mica and pre-mix before adding it to the remainder of the total volume I intend to soap with that color. I pretty much do what Jstar does, only I don't often use my batch oils to mix the micas, but mostly use a little glycerin instead, or just a little of my water amount. I have tried mixing the micas into oils before I blend them in, but this batch I didn't do that because: I do the same as Obsidian. The problem I haven't solved is blending them, as they don't dissolve, and I can't seem to get them evenly mixed into the swill unless I stick-blend them, which generally (with my recipe) leads to early trace and failed swirls. Mica and Its Uses . So I've been using mica colorants for a while now, which I like a lot because they can produce really vibrant colors, or really mild ones. No reason to add any more oil. The amounts of oil or glycerin or water that I use are so little in comparison to the greater scheme of things that I don't sweat it if they are not equal amounts evenly divided amongst each colorant. My soap looks vibrant the first two days on the … For the past two weeks I've been mixing the colorants into a couple of tablespoons of the milk and it's actually been working quite well. Or just dumping soap on top of them in your cups? I don't worry about the amount. I also use glycerin, and mix in those little Jello shot cups with covers. Mica and other powder pigments, as opposed to a dye, will not ‘dissolve’. I used to premix and keep micas in small bottles but it ended up being a pain to me because I can't keep track of bottles as well as I can of bags and I have a lot of colors. JavaScript is disabled. So I've been using mica colorants for a while now, which I like a lot because they can produce really vibrant colors, or really mild ones. July 13. You can't dissolve it, you could suspend it . Too bulky to do the bottles/jars for me. Pigments and oxides never dissolve all the way anyway, so a slight speckled appearance should be expected. Mica is a general name for a group of natural Earth minerals that are mined, purified and pulverized into fine powders and then used for dozens of different applications including cosmetics and soap making. All are good ideas. I have tried mixing the colors directly into a small amount of soap, but I got a lot of speckles and spots. Anytime you use a powder in soap, it should be combined with a liquid before adding to the mix. I do pretty much what every one else does. I sort of masterbatch them, and then just use what I need when I make my soap. They can form a suspension. I get all my oils measured and into my mixing bowl..then I take about a tablespoon of oil out {for each color}and put it into a little plastic cup/s {they are actually jello shot cups} then I add my mica's in there and mix..then I add my lye water to my main oil batch and mix to emulsification, then pour off the batter into separate mixing cups {I use plastic measuring cups} then I add my premixed micas into each measuring cup then SB each..then pour into the mold, the swirl or whatever comes last. To do this, begin with taking a clean-burning glass glue and rubbing alcohol. Light oils like sunflower or avocado work well too. Can you explain what you mean by separated? Are there other ingredients in your micas besides mica? I use coconut milk in my soaps. Are you mixing the micas into an oil first? http://www.soapmakingforum.com//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/extension/, SMF November Challenge 2020 - String Pull Technique. The minerals that mica comes from having a fragile, layered crystalline structure gives it a pearlescent and metallic look. Once in a while, I might take a spoonful of oil from my batch to mix my micas, but most often I mix them with a little extra oil. Finer ground pigments will stay suspended longer and have less ‘gritty’ feel and appearance but will have less glitter, more shine.