Mica powders are used as colorant additives in your craft and DIY projects. They come in bright, bold, shimmery, pearl and color-shifting shades and add beautiful dimension, sheen and tone.
Cosmetic grade mica powders come from natural stone (mica) that is ground up into fine powders to add color to paints, resins, makeup, skin and bath products.
Cosmetic grade mica powders can be naturally mined or synthetically made but should have less than twenty parts per million of lead and less than three parts per million of arsenic and must be able to penetrate a 100-mesh sleeve (which is the size of approximately 150 microns).
Mica stone can be found all over the world, but the largest deposits of mica are found in India. The problem with mica stone, is that in many areas where it is sourced from, child labor is used to mine it.
So when you are looking to buy mica powder for your project, make sure that it is ethically sourced and is certified that it is sourced from child labor-free facilities.
Cosmetic grade mica powder can be used to add color to the following:
We highly recommend purchasing your cosmetic grade mica powders here from Arteza. They are certified that they are ethically sourced from facilities that do not use child labor.
We love Arteza's cosmetic grade mica powders for a number of reasons:
Yes, when working with cosmetic grade mica powder, we recommend wearing a mask to protect your lungs, and here is why.
With cosmetic grade mica powders, particles will enter the air around you. These mica particles will be around 150 microns or less, which can easily enter your lungs and respiratory tract. This is the industry standard size of particle size with any colorant powder in the United States.
Wearing an N95 or equivalent mask will protect your lungs when working with fine dust particles such as mica powders.
We also recommend wearing this mask with resin as well since it also filters organic vapors, so if you are a resin artist, the masks we recommend will protect you from both, as well as many other dust particles and fumes.
You can choose to get a half face respirator mask, which only protects your lungs, or you can get a full face respirator mask which is slightly more expensive, but also provides eye protection as well. These masks come with the proper filters, so there is no need to purchase filters separately. If you purchase these masks directly from the company, they also give you a 1 year manufacturers warranty.
Well we hope you learned about cosmetic grade mica powder and have considered purchasing yours from an ethical source. We love using mica powder in so many of our craft projects, especially in bath bombs and in resin.
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