Using powder to tint resin is an easy way to add sparkle and color to your resin crafts. My favorite powders for resin are the Pearl Ex colors. They come in multiple hues plus are so concentrated. I will show you six easy tricks to color epoxy resin with Pearl Ex powder.
Tip 1: Brush powder onto your mold surface
If you brush the powder on very thinly, the end product will be just a hint of color on the resin. These blue disks were made with the same blue color of Pearl Ex. The one on the left was lightly brushed. The one on the right had Pearl Ex mixed in.
Tip 2: Brush more than one color into your mold
You can apply Pearl Ex to just one part of the resin mold or use different colors in different areas of the mold. For example, use yellow or gold Pearl Ex in the center of a flower with the petals a different color.
Tip 3: Add colored resin after brushing on the powder color
Use colored 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.
Tip 4: Add a contrasting colored resin after brushing on the pearl powder.
Paint on Pearl Ex, then pour in a resin mixed with a different color of Pearl Ex to add dimensions.
Tip 5: Remove some of the powder from the mold
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 color of Pearl Ex.
Tip 6: Use the powder to color resin
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 color Pearl Ex colored each sample.
And if you hate wasting your resin color powder, you can save it. 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. Tap the loose powder off over a clean coffee filter. Then, pour it back into the Pearl Ex bottle.
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Originally written by by Kate Ledum
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