I love decorating my painted pieces beyond just paint and wax – stencils, glazes, washes, textured relief, and almost always a sparkly embellishment –
So I’m excited to introduce the new Mica Powders offered by American Paint Company –
They are available in five colors – Metallic Gold, Metallic Copper, Metallic, Silver, Metallic Pewter, and Black. The 4 ounce jars are by weight, not volume – measuring one ounce will get you about 6-7 tablespoons.
Mica Powders, ultrafine powders made from mica and pigment, are non-tarnishing. They can be mixed into waxes, topcoats, glazes, varnishes, polys, lacquers, epoxy to create a a final metallic sheen effect and enhance detailed areas
The effect will be subtle with a mix of 1 part mica to 5 parts wax.
The effect is more apparent with a mix of 1 part mica to 3 parts wax.
For a rich metallic finish, you can use them to Flash Gild – dip your brush into the powder and dust over a sized surface (coat surface with water or oil based adhesive) While still wet to tack, dust the mica onto the surface . On raised areas it even works using a little water to dampen the surface, and then rubbing the mica on with your finger –
Don’t mix them with your paints, they will just disappear.
Black has no metallic effect –
I took an old textured board and painted over it with APC Wild Horses (brown), then taped it off to demo the effects of these powders –
The bottom smallest square will represent a ‘flash gilding’ , where I rub on a little water, let it soak in a few seconds, then rub the powder over it
Then 1 part mica to 3 parts clear wax-
The whole board is complete, AND, turned upside down, so now the flash gild is the top row, the 1 : 3 ratio is the middle row, and the 1:5 ratio is the bottom row
The copper, gold, and pewter act alot alike – if you use a heavier concentration it will really take over and change your paint color.
I prefer the less is more method, otherwise if you aren’t careful it can really look blotchy and gleeny…
The silver is more like a sparkly accent – reminds me of glitter, and I find it a little odd over dark colors – I think over lighter colors it would be a lovely touch, or even added in with one of the other mica colors –
Here I’m adding Copper Mica to clear wax, 1 : 5 ratio
and brushing it on Freedom Road, a charcoal gray
Also debuting from American Paint Company is American Grit, a fine powdered abrasive grit (looks like the remains in your fire pit, all mashed up), ideal for producing an aged dusty look to your freshly waxed painted finish
Apply wax to your painted finish (we like our whippy all natural waxes 🙂 ), lightly wipe away the excess, then apply the Grit with a soft natural bristle brush, brushing and dusting your wet wax finish. The grit will slightly dull the surface of your finish, especially where theres detail and crevices, creating the perfect balance of shine and depth. 4 oz.
Let’s demo the Grit – remember the Freedom Road mirror with Copper Mica Wax? I scrubbed some Grit into the detailed areas
It really likes to settle in to detail and textures –
Here’s another good visual reference to both the Mica’s and the Grit over raw chalk/clay paint – I took an old piece off art that I didn’t want anymore, and painted it APC Dawn’s Early Light
Second layer I tried to add some light texture by introducing a burlap imprint
I mixed up a mica wax- a green gold mica with clear wax. Not an APC mica color, but so don’t let this confuse you – my mica’s from APC hadn’t arrived yet so I grabbed a color from my own personal ‘faux finishing days’ stash –
I’m just going to scrub that into the painted surface-
then softly wipe the excess off –
then I took the American Grit and scrubbed that over the whole surface-
and softly wiped that back…
I mixed the black powder with the clear wax and scrubbed that on the frame
then wiped it back –
I since have jazzed up the center w/some stenciling and bling, but I must not have photo’d it – if you look back you’ll see how much this color changed –
I say the more options the better – I love to change things up, try new combos, see what works and what doesnt – I’m not a fan of the Dawn’s Early Light on its own, but I really like it used these ways –
I’ve made this Accenting Painted Furniture Finishes with Grit and Mica a Part I and Part II because I have one more big chunk of photos to share, and I don’t want this post to slow anyone’s machine from being too big to load.
Head on to Accenting Painted Furniture Finishes with Grit and Mica – Part II to see the play by play on these cool moldings –
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