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source for mica flakes

Postby mikefromitaly » Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:00 pm

Hello friends+

i am looking for gold,silver and coloured mica flaxed in different size.

I foound this in India but in big quantity by wholesalers.

Any dealer source where to get less quantity?
any help will be appreciated

thank you

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Postby rosanna gusler » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:07 pm

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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby Bert Weiss » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:21 pm

Brad sells Sepp Leaf micas'
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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby Brad Walker » Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:29 pm

Bert Weiss wrote:Brad sells Sepp Leaf micas'
http://www.warmglass.org/othersupplies


Thanks for the plug, Bert. We do sell them, but only the powder, not the flake. I don't believe they sell the flake, but if they do I could get them.

By the way, Sepp Leaf are by far the best micas I've tried. Fire to 1650F, use with sifter, brush, or airbrush.

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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby Bert Weiss » Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:56 pm

Brad Walker wrote:
Bert Weiss wrote:Brad sells Sepp Leaf micas'
http://www.warmglass.org/othersupplies


Thanks for the plug, Bert. We do sell them, but only the powder, not the flake. I don't believe they sell the flake, but if they do I could get them.

By the way, Sepp Leaf are by far the best micas I've tried. Fire to 1650F, use with sifter, brush, or airbrush.
Having tried many micas myself, my favorite is a white one called Super Sprarkle. It is a relatively large particle. I believe the micas from Sepp are manufactured now by BASF. The company has changed hands a few times over the past decade. There are also Chinese knockoffs.
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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby Brad Walker » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:01 pm

Bert Weiss wrote:... my favorite is a white one called Super Sparkle...


That might be our best selling one. I'm not sure if it's the mica or the name.

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Postby Bert Weiss » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:23 pm

Brad Walker wrote:
Bert Weiss wrote:... my favorite is a white one called Super Sparkle...


That might be our best selling one. I'm not sure if it's the mica or the name.
With the metallic colors, they don't really match up to real metals. The golds are brown, and the silvers gray. The whites do stay white though. I often mix the Super Sparkle with mother of pearl, which is a finely ground white.

I can mix some micas in with my Sunshine colors and fire (to 1420ºF) color side down, on the tin side of float glass, in a stainless steel slump mold, and get a bowl in a single firing. The interior is glass with color behind it. The exterior is matte finished color. You can't do that with fusing glasses because they will melt in to a pile in the bottom of the mold. Float holds up. I do have to put a fresh coat of kilnwash on the mold, on after a hot firing.
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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby mikefromitaly » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:30 pm

thank you for ypur reply


I need no Mica Powder but flakes in different size..
So Sepp Leaf has as well ?

thank you

mike


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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby nbobb » Mon May 18, 2015 6:03 pm

There's a company called K2 that used to sell mica in two particle sizes. Their "sparkle" was the powder and their "glitter" was larger particles. Nobody carries these any more, so I contacted the company and they wanted me to import at least a kilogram of each color. The guy said he was cutting me some slack, as companies usually bought in 25 kilogram quantities. That was a little more than I needed, so I didn't do it. I do have some on hand that I bought from my last source but someday that will be gone.

Every once in a while, I begin a new quest and continue the hunt for larger particles. I've tried the cosmetic sources but the FDA limits cosmetic mica to 150 microns, which I'm assuming is pretty fine (I don't have anything to measure a micron with). I've found you also have to be careful about their mica flakes and glitter because they're not always real mica and might even be a form of plastic.

My next attempt was mica for industrial applications but I got confused real fast there because there are so many different kinds and uses.

Mike, I hope you find some mica flakes and, if you do, maybe you'll let me know.
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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby Bert Weiss » Tue May 19, 2015 12:30 pm

mikefromitaly wrote:thank you for ypur reply


I need no Mica Powder but flakes in different size..
So Sepp Leaf has as well ?

thank you

mike


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Those pictures look like mica flakes. That is completely different. The micas I refer to have been industrially processed in to small particles and treated to have colors.
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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby Valerie Adams » Tue May 19, 2015 7:33 pm

I've bought them from vendors on Etsy and Ebay. Don't know this vendor but did a quick Google of Mica Flakes:
http://usartquest.com/proddetail.php?prod=PFX701_master

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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby Michael Stevens » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:53 pm

I can easily find mica flakes, but after reading what Bert was saying, they need to. be treated? these commercial products look nice that he sells. is it really better to buy the products or is it easy enough to get good results diy

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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby Michael Stevens » Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:06 am

does anyone know if colored micah powders used in. make up can be used in fusing?

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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby Brad Walker » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:14 am

Michael Stevens wrote:does anyone know if colored micah powders used in. make up can be used in fusing?


Most likely the color will change or fade, but it's worth a try.

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Re: source for mica flakes

Postby Ed Cantarella » Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:45 pm

I've been using mica powder from an ebayer "contrysoapfolk". Golds, silvers and pink hold up good. Purple and green both became silvery-grey schmutz - very unattractive unless that's what you want.
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