Two years ago, I did a lot with Mica powder as I really wanted to use it to create ginkgo leaf impressions on glass. I had some success, but it didn’t work as well as I had hoped and as typical for me this meant sending the process to the back burner to play with again in the future.
This past December I decided to create ornaments for my yoga instructors placing a simple yoga symbol in mica so I was back to figuring the process out. I had recently read Bridget Stiverson’s blog and she explained that rather than painting or stamping on the mica, she sifted it onto the glass and her pictures looked great. So I did my typical test and decided to paint one and sift one. While the painted one is not bad and could have an application depending on your goal, the sifted one is far more simple and elegant and was perfect for my ornament application.
Bridget used a stamp to stamp the image on the glass first and then dusted the mica over the stamped area. I didn’t have a stamp for the yoga symbol so I made a template out of cardboard.
For the painted method, I mixed the mica with Bullseye GlasTac and then painted that inside the template.
For the sifted method, again using the template I painted just the Bullseye GlasTac on the glass and then dusted the mica over the glue.
Key lesson learned: If you work with glass, I am sure you have heard many times to wear a face mask when working with glass powder/frit. But don’t forget to use it with mica as well. I had mica dust all over the place as it is so fine it just floats in the air. I did try to collect the extra mica after sifting to use in another application, but I know I lost a lot to the air!
Enjoy and Namaste!