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.
You can apply Pearl Ex to just one part of the mold or use different colours in different areas of the mold. For example, use yellow or gold Pearl Ex in the centre of a flower with the petals a different colour.
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.
Paint on Pearl Ex, then pour in a resin mixed with a different colour of Pearl Ex to add dimensions.
If you have a mold with a deeply etched pattern and only want the Pearl Ex to be in the high areas of the completed piece, carefully use a wet wipe to clean off the high points of the interior of the mold. You can even paint in a second colour of Pearl Ex.
Because Pearl Ex is a dry pigment, you can add it to the resin to color it. Add more to supersaturate it or less to give it a marbled effect. The blue charm on the left has more powder than the red-blue charm on the right. The small ovals have 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.
What other easy tricks to color resin with powder do you use?
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