Playing with Aussie Dust Mica Powders - By Christel Bradbury
I was so excited to be asked to have a play with the new "Aussie Dust" Mica powders by Aussie Decor Transfers!
For my first project, I chose to use the colours Pearl Idaho Orange and Iridescent Neptune. A tiny scoop of the mica dust into a teaspoon of any water based clear coat - (I used Dixie Belle Gloss Clear Coat) and mix well. Make sure whichever brand of top coat you use, it is a Gloss finish.
Using an artist brush, I applied two coats over a dark grey chalk painted "squiggle sculpture thingy". If you wanted more of a translucent colour or a glaze, one coat would be enough. Mixing with the clear coat makes it dry super fast and smooth. Once it was dry, I applied one of Aussie Decor Transfers Australian Wildflowers III - Banksia dry rub transfers and wow, it looks amazing!
The orange and blue mica colours really pop with the Australian Wildflowers III Banksia rub-on transfer pack. I then had to do the other side of my little "squiggle sculpture thingy" so I reached for Aussie Dust Pearl Maggie Red. I applied the same methods to mix the mica with the clear coat and then added some pink flowers from the Aussie Decor Transfers Flamingo II rub-on transfer.
I love the mica powders! They are so easy to use and you only need a tiny bit for it to go a long way. Once I had finished I didn’t want to waste the left over mixes, so I added a couple of mist squirts of water and mixed it up again and applied it to a moulding. Guess what?! It worked and dried super fast, giving a shimmer effect all over the project. I Love it!
There are 15 amazing colours in the Aussie Dust Mica powders and they are all beautiful, rich colours. And with 50gms in the jar at the same price of other brands 25gm jars, it's extremely well priced! So have a go! I promise you won't be disappointed.
- Use a top coat that is thin and fluid, like Dixie Belle's clear coat. Don't use a thick top coat like DB satin, or you will have to use more mica powder due to the thicker consistency.
- Always use a gloss top coat, not matte. A matte top coat will dull all that delicious shine of the mica powder.
Christel - Finders Keepers Barn