Painting Soap with Mica Powder Video

Painting Soap with Mica on Soap Queen TV

This technique is quick, easy and gives a beautiful result. So I thought it would be perfect for a Soap Queen short video! Dry brushing mica onto finished soap is a fast way to highlight the detail of a soap mold design. Although it will wash off in the first or second use, you’ll still have a pretty bar of soap – just a little plainer looking.

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Painting Soap with Mica

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18 Responses to “Painting Soap with Mica Powder Video”

  1. Hi,
    I paint soaps with mica all the time. One of my favorites is a painted magnolia blossom. After the painting is finished, I “seal” it with hair spray (the cheaper, the better). It will of course wash off,but it keeps the mica from rubbing off on your hands when you are placing it.

  2. NancyL says:

    I love using your Cameo soap mold with Merlot mica, and embellishing it with silver mica……Beautiful!

  3. Christine says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks.

    Can you do this to CP soap?

    • Good morning, Christine!

      You can absolutely do this same technique on cold process soap. I would test a small bar to make sure that you like how it turns out on your soap. Be sure to share any pictures you get of your mica-rubbed soap with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page. =)

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  4. Leanna says:

    How many does the 5 ounces of melt and pour in this tutorial make? Am I only going to need one or multiple trays?

  5. Brandi says:

    Can pigments and oxides be painted on as well? I’m having trouble with details setting properly in my molds so I would like to try painting on the details instead, yet I don’t want to ruin my soap. Mica is too sheer for my brightly colored soaps.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Brandi!

      You could definitely use pigments or oxides instead :). If you get photos of your projects, I would love to see them on our Facebook page :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. Aline says:

    Aloha, I have been painting some white soap with yellow mica (your yellow lip-safe one) and it looks beautiful to begin with but then the color fades after a week or so. Is there any solution for this? Some sort of fixative?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Aline!

      I wonder if doing more layers of paint would help! That way the color might become more vibrant :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

      • Aline says:

        Hi Amanda,
        When you brush mica on only a thin layer will stick. Plus the color is vibrant initially – but then it fades. So even if I could put more mica on I doubt if that would help.

  7. Aline says:

    Ok – I will check that one out. I am thinking some kind of fixative would help. There are fixatives that you can use on labels that stop fading. Or maybe just hairspray….!

  8. Tammi says:

    Can you just mix the copper sparkle mica powder into your hot processed soap?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Tammi!

      You could definitely just mix the mica into the soap if you prefer! Some people find that painting it on after is easier, but it’s really just a personal preference :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

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