Having fun with Mica

We’ve been playing again!  This time, I had to try out  mica powder.  It comes in a glittering array of gold, silver, copper, pewter and black.  I wanted to try the copper on our latest piece, a beautiful console/buffet.

 

Nice solid wood console with dove tail construction

Nice solid wood console with dove tail construction

 

I wanted to also try  Beach Glass under Lincoln’s Hat.  I’ve seen some great results from fellow furniture artists, and have to say, we were pleased as well!

APC Beach Glass is the first layer of color

APC Beach Glass is the first layer of color

 

After painting the Beach Glass and then the Lincoln’s Hat, it was time to distress it down to allow for the turquoise show through in various places.   We used 150 grit sandpaper rather than using a damp rag on this project so that the colors would not blend together.

really enjoy the hint of turquoise of the Beach Glass showing through the darkness of the Lincoln's Hat

Really enjoy the hint of turquoise of the Beach Glass showing through the darkness of the Lincoln’s Hat

After we waxed the piece with both clear and dark wax, it was time to play with the mica.    I applied it directly and liked the results, but then decided I wanted to mix it with the clear wax to ensure it would not simply rub off after time.    NOTE:  Even when applied without wax, the mica powder did not rub off.

mixed the mica with the clear wax to create a beautiful gilding paste

mixed the mica with the clear wax to create a beautiful gilding paste

I tried using a small paint brush, which works well with some applications, but in this case, I found using my finger worked best.

4

 

It was a joy playing with the Mica powder!  I hope you’re inspired to try it – a little goes a long way!!!!

love the results!

love the results!

Come see this and other pieces we've finished in our shop!

Come see this and other pieces we’ve finished in our shop!

I look forward to playing with more paint products and hope you’ll come in and see the pieces in person – and are inspired to play with the paints and finishes too!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *