How to mix powder pigment into resin – 2 easy options

mixing powder pigment into resinWondering how to mix powder pigment into resin?

Originally written June 2012.  Updated July 2019.

There are a couple of different methods you can try.

Before you start, you need to mix your resin and hardener together.  If you need help with that, this article shows how:  How to mix resin and hardener

You also want to be sure your powder pigments are as dry as possible.  Excess moisture can keep resin from curing or will make it cure soft.

Option 1

Sprinkle a little powder pigment on top of your mixed cup of resin and stir.  Go with less that what you think you need as you can always add more.  Use a kitchen measuring spoon if necessary (or lay off the coffee that morning LOL).

adding pearl ex powder to mixed resin

This mixing cup contains 1/2 ounce of resin.  To that, I’m adding about a 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin orange Pearl Ex powder.  Stir the resin thoroughly with your mixing utensil checking for any lumps that won’t dissolve.

This method works well for powders that are finely ground or don’t have a tendency to clump together like glitters for resin.

Option 2

Sometimes powders, especially heavy ones like our glow powders for resin, don’t want to dissolve very well.  You end up with a resin mix that looks more like Thanksgiving lumpy gravy instead of a well-blended color for your resin project.  In cases like this, you can pour a little bit of our resin onto a wax paper surface, then add the powder in.  Move it around and smash it with your mixing utensil to dissolve the lumps.  This is going to be your stock solution.  Now that you have a stock solution, you can now add this directly into your resin.

You can see what I’m talking about in this video:

What other questions do you have on how to mix powder pigment into resin?

 

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27 Comments

Terri

I saw on you Tube that you had some powdered pigments in little jars with regular colors, neon colors and fall colors. I am looking to find out if you’ve started selling them. If so, I’d like to buy some. Thank you, Terri Lynch

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Shannon

I am interested in making cabochon charms with resin but I want them to be matte and opaque. Will these types of pigments make them that way? Thanks

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Katherine

Shannon,

If you add just a bit of this pigment, your resin will be more transparent. If you continue to add more color, it will grow more opaque.

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Katherine

Caitlyn,

The powders will initially mix in water, but will settle out to the bottom.

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Katherine

I was wondering if you mix multiple shades what would happen? If I wanted to soften up some of the neons and I mixed in white would they blend properly or would I end up with a mess?

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Katherine

@Katherine Elizabeth,

Unfortunately, the powders won’t blend like that. If you’re trying to lighten up a color, then I would suggest using color pigments or our color blast resin.

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Taufik

Hi there…can the dye be cooked in hot water?…im doing a custom watch band tat is transparent…usually i use rit dye mix in hot water…put in my bands in and the bands take in the dye…does ur dye does the same too…cos rit dye does not have neon colors.thanks

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Lawanna

I’m trying to figure out how to make my resin charms look as if there’s cotton or cotton candy flowing inside. Could anyone tell me how to do this?

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Katherine

@Lawanna, the challenge is that those types of materials are going to want to shrink when they get wet. You will somehow need to preserve it as one big solid, impermeable piece before adding it to your resin.

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Marilyn

I was wondering if I could use your epoxy resin and powder pigments to repair a small crack in a soapstone countertop?

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Katherine Swift

@Marilyn, I don’t know if our resin is ‘industrial’ enough to be used on a countertop. I would suggest getting a resin recommendation from a home supply store.

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Gregory

I use easycast resin generally, if I was mixing in a powder or liquid color would I add it to one half of the mixture then add the other half or mix the two halves together first?

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Carol

I’m looking into trying to work with resin–it looks fun! 🙂 Can you mix some of these powders with glow in the dark powder? Also, can resin pieces be used in concrete for stepping stones? If so, which is better to use, epoxy or polyester? Would they/the stepping stone need to be sealed, and with what? Thank you!:-)

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Katherine Swift

@Carol, yes, glow in the dark powders can be mixed with resin. For outdoor use, I would recommend a polyester resin. It can withstand the weather better.

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Diya Sen

Hi, so after you mix the tiny pigment with a little resin to get a color concentrate, what is the ratio in which the pigment color concentrate had to be mixed in the clear resin. Typically it is 2 parts color and one part resin. Also, do you have to use a different base resin to get a opaque effect? Thanks

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Katherine Swift

It depends on the color you are using. Use as little as possible to achieve the effect you want. You do not necessarily have to change resins to get an opaque color. Just be sure you are using an opaque colorant.

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Katie

As far as mixing is concerned. Do not mix then add pigment. Add pigment to Part A then add part B and mix again.

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Courtney

In general is there a ratio of how much colorant per resin amount? I’ve been researching and I’ve come across some sources that say too much colorant/pigment would alter the resin. Is this accurate?

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Katherine Swift

I try to go no more than 1 part powder to 4 parts mixed resin, but you can usually get by with less.

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Emily

Hi Katherine! How do you suggest to preserve liquid? Or what have you find is best to remove moisture excess from powder colors?

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