Originally written July 2018. Updated December 2019.
Techniques and tricks for using Pearl Ex powder to color resin
Using Pearl Ex powder is an easy way to add sparkle and color to your resin projects. Here are seven easy tricks to color resin with Pearl Ex powder.
If you brush the powder on very thinly, the end product will be just a hint of colour on the resin. These blue disks were made with the same blue colour of Pearl Ex. The one on the left was lightly brushed. The one on the right had Pearl Ex mixed in.
Use coloured resin with the painted Pearl Ex technique in tip two for a different effect. I cast these leaves with Pearl Ex painted in the mold, blue on the left and gold on the right. The resin was tinted with Resin Obsession Bright Red Translucent pigment.
Because Pearl Ex is a dry pigment, you can add it to the resin to color it. Add more to super saturate it or less to give it a marbled effect. The blue on the left is heavily saturated, the larger oval less so. The small ovals has even less Pearl Ex powder. The same colour Pearl Ex colored each sample.
After painting the Pearl Ex on, if you have too much loose powder in the mold you can hold it over your trash can and tap the mold to have the loose powder fall off. If you want to save the powder, tap the loose powder off over a clean coffee filter. Then, pour it back into the Pearl Ex bottle.