You can use a variety of materials to colour epoxy resin, however each material has advantages and disadvantages that you should be aware of.
By itself, Craft Resin is a colourless formula that is used to coat paintings, photos, wood, puzzles, etc. But clear coating is not all Craft Resin can be used for!
You can totally colour Craft Resin to create gorgeous flow art, jewellery from silicone molds, and the list goes on.
Here are some dyes commonly used with epoxy resin, and what you should know about each one:
1. Alcohol ink
Alcohol ink is a very popular crystal epoxy resin colorant that provides gorgeous, rich saturation. It is also the specific colorant needed to create resin petri dish art. Alcohol is of course flammable, so while Craft Resin is non-flammable on its own in its liquid state, this is not the case once alcohol ink is added to the mix. For that reason, a torch should not be used on resin that contains alcohol ink.
2. Mica Powder
Craft Resin Mica Powder is specifically crafted as a resin colorant and mixes in easily. Designed for compatibility with Craft Resin, Craft Resin Mica Powder requires resin as a binder, meaning it is not intended to be used on its own without being mixed into resin.
You can actually use acrylic paint with Craft Resin, but because acrylic is a plastic and has a matte finish, it tends to reduce the gloss of the resin. Generally people who work with resin like the glossiness of it and will want to preserve that look.
TIP: Oil paint does NOT mix in well with Craft Resin. It gets all stringy and weird. Don’t even try it.
How Much Colour Should I Add To Epoxy Resin?
No matter which colorant you choose, do not exceed 6% colorant to the total volume of Craft Resin as this will affect the delicate balance needed for the chemical reaction to occur properly. In most cases, your gut instinct tells you to stop adding dye long well before the 6% point is reached, as you generally don’t need very much soak to saturate the entire transparent mixture.
A Note About Alcohol Ink:
Craft Resin epoxy does not contain solvents, but artists often add solvents, as in the case with alcohol ink. Alcohol ink art is colourful and stunning and for the most part, using it to create art resin jewellery, petri dishes, or covering alcohol ink on yupo paper with Craft Resin is absolutely fine!
However, keep in mind that adding a large amount of alcohol ink to resin can reduce the non-toxicity and non-flammability of Craft Resin.
Once we developed a resin epoxy perfect enough to use on our own artwork, we couldn't wait to share it with our fellow artists! Since then, Craft Resin has helped artists, photographers, and crafters all around the world get creative ... safely.
We are so proud of Craft Resin's proprietary formula and the fact that it does exactly what it says: it's an easy-to-use clear coat that accentuates artwork of all kinds giving it a glossy sheen and making colours POP!
Craft Resin Mica Powders:
Craft Resin Mica Powder is the perfect set for epoxy resin colour pigment, soap dye or pigment powder for slime! Discover an unlimited world of creative colours with Craft Resin Mica Powder Ultimate 30 Colour Pigment Powder!
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✅ Our cosmetic grade natural micas are completely skin safe and great for makeup purposes such as blush, eye shadow, lipstick, tinted lip balm colorant and nail polish, so you can safely colour all kinds of healthy DIY art and craft projects worry-free. Please note that all natural mica powders should be used with polysorbate 80 in soap dye, candle colouring and bath bomb making to ensure better results.