How to Mix Micas and Expand Your Colour Palette

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Micas are powdered pigments used to colour soap, bath and body products, and resin projects.

a set of 24 mica colours sitting next to some paint colour swatches

Whatever your passion, a large colour palette can inspire and awaken creativity. So today we are going to learn how to mix up some gorgeous mica colours and store them for future use.

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Table of Contents

My Mica Collection
What You Need to Mix Your Own Micas
How to Mix Your Own Micas
Mica Mixing Video
Mica Colour Formulary and Recipes

three rose gold coloured soap bars with a mosaic tile heart in the centre
Mosaic Soap Bars coloured with rose gold mica I mixed myself

My Mica Collection

Over the years I have collected A LOT of soap making supplies (don’t even get me started on my silicone mould collection 🤦‍♀️), but it might surprise you to learn that my mica collection sits at exactly nine micas.

Yep, nine. That’s it.


Because I can make nearly every colour under the sun with just nine micas. This has saved me a ton of cash over the years and today I’m going to show you how you can do the same.

What You Need to Mix Your Own Micas

Good Quality, Soap Making Mica Powders

Invest in some quality micas from a reputable soap making or mica supply company. Such micas will be ethically sourced and will not fade or bleed over time.

Set of Small Storage Containers

There are many storage container sets suitable for mixing and storing micas. I used a 24 piece round container storage organiser case.

Containers with screw-on lids work well to reduce spillage when shaking up the mica to blend it together.

Mica Powder Spatulas

Mica powder spatulas (1/32 tsp) are ideal for measuring out tiny amounts of mica.

Popsicle Stick or Tongue Depressor (optional)

Accurate measuring is essential for replicating the desired colours. A wooden popsicle stick or tongue depressor can be helpful to level off measuring spoons and tap mica into the containers.

using a wooden stick to level off a mica powder spoon

Paper Towel

Mixing micas can be messy. Lay down some sheets of paper towel to protect your work surface.


Wearing gloves is recommended for this project.

How to Mix Your Own Micas

All of the micas in this recipe formulary are mixed from nine base colours:

Raspberry Pink (in lieu of red)
Blue (dark blue, eg ultramarine)
Green (emerald green)
White (pearlescent)

how to mix micas from nine base colours

All colour recipes are measured in ‘parts’. Numbers correspond to the number of parts of each colour required (for example, “2 black + 1 gold” means mix two parts of black mica with one part gold mica).

To mix large amounts of mica, either use a larger measuring spoon (eg 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon) as your ‘part’, or use a mica powder spatula (1/32 teaspoon) and double/triple/quadruple the recipe.

Measure each part of coloured mica powder directly into a storage container.

mixing tertiary mica colours

Then screw the cap back on the storage container (make sure it is on tightly!) and vigorously shake the container to mix the mica to form a new colour.

bright coloured micas in small plastic storage containers

Store the new mica colours in the plastic containers for future use.

a large collection of brightly coloured micas

Mica Mixing Video

Watch our mica mixing video demonstration:

Mica Colour Formulary and Recipes

The recipe numbers listed below correspond to the colours in this image.

24 numbered coloured micas in a storage container with their corresponding names listed beside them

1. Yellow Gold – 2 gold + 1 yellow

2. Pastel Yellow – 3 white + 1 yellow

3. Chartreuse – 2 yellow + 1 green

4. Apple Green – 1 green + 1 yellow

5. Pastel Green – 3 white + 1 green

6. Aquamarine – 2 green + 1 blue

7. Plum – 1 purple + 1 orange

8. Violet – 1 raspberry pink + 1 purple

9. Pastel Purple – 3 white + 1 purple

10. Indigo – 1 blue + 1 purple

11. Pastel Blue – 3 white + 1 blue

12. Teal – 1 green + 1 blue

13. Dusty Rose – 3 white + 2 orange + 1 purple

14. Pastel Pink – 3 white + 1 raspberry pink

15. Pastel Orange – 3 white + 1 orange

16. Amber – 1 orange + 1 yellow

17. Vermillion – 1 raspberry pink + 1 orange

18. Cinnamon – 1 gold + 1 raspberry pink + 2 yellow + 1 purple

19. Silver – 2 white + 1 black

20. Navy Blue – 1 black + 1 blue

21. Slate – 1 green + 1 purple

22. Olive Green – 1 black + 1 green + 1 yellow

23. Olive / Citron – 1 orange + 1 green

24. Mocha – 1 orange + 1 yellow + 1 blue

Additional Colours:

Rose Gold – 3 gold + 1 raspberry pink

Marigold – 3 yellow + 1 orange

a set of 24 mica colours sitting next to some paint colour swatches


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