You’re now ready to add your fragrances and other additives. Keep an eye out for more tutorials featuring micas! .15 cc scoops. You are the painter. The word mica is thought to be derived from the Latin word micare, which means "to glitter," and as it relates to soap making, mica certainly does! You will need to stir, stir, and stir to completely incorporate the mica in with the soap. Repeat if necessary. Mica is what gives the metallic paint finish on a car it's depth and glitter. Micas will mix in quickly with glycerin with no clumping. For this soap tutorial I am introducing the Blackstar micas in red, blue, green and gold. About 1/2 tsp. You’ll notice that it’s a much thinner mixture than the one with glycerin. Repeat if necessary. Step 2: Add one .15 cc scoop of Blackstar mica into the melted soap. Step 4: Add 3 – 4 oz of cubed Crystal Clear Melt and Pour soap base into the same container and melt the soap base in a microwave for 20 seconds. This will give you a nice pearlescent effect. When used in clear soap bases they have a pearlescent look and sheen to them. Brush the mica into the mold similar to how one might melt and pour gemstone soaps. Step 6: Stir slowly until well mixed. Disposable Pipettes He currently owns Bath Rabbit Soap Company and is the author of "The Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making. Make Soap, Candles, Lotions, Lip Balm, Body Products and More. ~ Fearless Soul Color your world and make something beautiful wit Step 5: Stir slowly until well mixed. I’m using Blackstar gold here. You can also use micas in a white soap base. Prepare your micas in the same container that you will be melting your soap base in – this way there won’t be any waste or mess because everything is done in the same container. Experiment; combine it with other colorants and use just a bit of mica in a swirl, but not the whole bar. Much of the mica we use in soap making is even more complex than just a powdered mineral powder. Since it relies on reflected light, mica works best in transparent soaps like melt and pour. You can also use micas in a white soap base. The world is a canvas for your imagination. Step 3: Mix both items together using a butter knife. Sharp knife to cut soap base into cubes Step 1: Add one .15 cc scoop of any of your Blackstar micas into a microwave safe glass container. It’s actually a beautiful purple color, but can be surprising if you’re expecting blue. That’s why when you look at the list of ingredients, it will often list several components. Cellini Blue Mica, on the other hand, morphs to a purple color in soap. Repeat if necessary. Have fun and experiment with micas! ", The Spruce Crafts uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. We don't just offer the widest selection of soap colorants available - We also have the best micas on the planet! The picture shows from left to right: Blackstar Red, Blackstar Blue, Blackstar Green and Blackstar Gold. You’ll enjoy the different looks you can achieve with these colorants. Glycerin If using fragrance oils, mix the micas in a separate container then add to the soap base after it’s melted. Step 4: Add about 3 – 4 oz of Crystal Clear Melt and Pour soap base to the mixed mica. The benefit of using micas as soap colorants is you will have no bleeding of the colors, so it’s very easy to make multi-colored soaps. We know that's a bold statement, but it's still not as bold as our colors! Blackstar Micas (Red, Blue, Green and Gold) Step 4: This method tends to clump more. Step 2: Using a disposable pipette, add about 5 -6 drops of alcohol to the mica. Here are some tips and tricks to get you well on your way. Much of the mica powders we use are coated with either iron oxides or titanium dioxide, which gives them an even more multi-layered, complex color. Microwave safe glass containers Note: I personally find that the methods shown in this tutorial work the best for me in mixing micas. If melt and pour soap isn't your thing, some micas will work in cold process soap - but some will not. Their colors are sometimes unstable in the high ph of raw cold processed soap. Micas mix in quickly with alcohol with no clumping. I like to use these small scoops because it allows me to add the micas in small increments. Mixing micas into your Melt and Pour soap base can be tricky.