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Mineral (Mica) powder is made from a collection of the finest minerals which commonly consist of substances like zinc oxide and titanium oxide – both of which have been found to be beneficial for the skin and environmentally safe, non-toxic and non-tarnishing.
Metal powders add to: Lacquers, Polyurethane, Oil Varnish, Waxes and even Glass (liquified) that will form a film to encapsulate the metallic powder.
Avoid mixing metal powders with water based clear coats. Your finish will Patina (turn green unexpectedly)
Mica powders add to: Lacquers, Polyurethane, Oil Varnish, Acrylic Varnishes, Glaze, Epoxy and Waxes.
The higher the quality of clear coat medium used, the better the metallic finish appears. Paint is not recommended to mix powders with as it masks out the metallic powders.
Tip: mix a pearlized mica into a clear coat and coat the paint for a metallic effect.