How Do You Mix Mica Powder With Wax?

Mica powder is a finely ground shimmering mineral used to add sparkle and shine to a variety of products like soap, wax melts, and candles. Adding mica powder to wax is a popular technique to create beautiful, shimmering wax melts, embeds, or candles.

Mixing mica powder with wax allows you to create customized colors and effects. The mica powder reflects light, creating an iridescent, glittery finish in the wax. Mica can be mixed into wax to achieve anything from a subtle shimmer to a bold, vibrant shift of color depending on the color and amount of mica used.

Some common types of wax suitable for mixing with mica powder include soy wax, paraffin wax, beeswax, and vegetable waxes like palm wax. The wax should be melted prior to mixing in the mica powder in order to evenly distribute the mica powder throughout the wax. Natural waxes, such as vegetable wax and soy wax, are often preferred for making wax melts with mica powder since they provide good scent throw and an even finish.

Gather Materials

The main materials you’ll need are mica powder, wax such as soy, paraffin, or beeswax, a double boiler or microwave safe container, and a stirring utensil.

Mica powder comes in a variety of sparkly colors and can be found at candle making suppliers. Get very finely ground mica powder for mixing into wax as it will blend more smoothly. Refer to for recommendations on mica powder brands and where to purchase them.

jars of colored mica powder on a table
For the wax, you can use soy wax, paraffin wax, beeswax, or a blend. Soy wax is commonly used for wax melts as it has a low melting point. Be sure to get wax meant for candle/melt making.

You’ll need a double boiler or microwave safe container to melt the wax in before mixing in the mica powder. Glass and metal work best as certain plastics can melt.

Have a long handled spoon or stir stick ready for blending the mica powder into the melted wax. Silicone spatulas also work well.

Prepare Workspace

Before starting any project, it’s important to prepare your workspace. Here are some tips for getting your work area ready to mix mica powder with wax:

First, cover your work surface with some wax paper or parchment paper. This will protect your countertop or table from spills and make clean up easier. You may want to lay down some newspaper as well to catch any loose powder.

Next, gather all the materials you’ll need and set them out within easy reach. This includes the wax, mica powders, stirring utensils, and containers for melting and mixing. Having everything handy will make the process smoother.

Finally, make sure you have proper ventilation. Melting wax and working with fine mica powder can produce fumes, so open some windows or turn on your stove’s vent fan. You want fresh air circulation to prevent inhaling anything potentially irritating.

With your workspace prepped, you’ll be ready to start blending beautiful custom mica wax colors!

Melt the Wax

To melt the wax properly, it’s best to use a double boiler or microwave. A double boiler gently heats the wax to avoid overheating. Fill a saucepan with a couple inches of water and bring it to a simmer. Place your wax in a heat-safe container and set it inside the saucepan so it rests above the water. Continue heating until the wax fully melts. Be sure to stir occasionally.

If using a microwave, heat the wax in short bursts of about 30 seconds, stirring in between. Different waxes have varying melting points, so be sure to follow manufacturer instructions. Paraffin wax melts between 115-150°F, while soy wax melts around 115-145°F. Avoid overheating the wax, as this can alter the quality and performance. Heating times will vary based on the amount and type of wax used.

Melt only the amount of wax needed for each project. Melted wax can be reused if properly strained and stored. However, avoid contaminating fresh wax with leftover debris. Once the wax is fully melted with no lumps, it’s ready for adding mica powder.

Add Mica Powder

Once the wax is melted, it’s time to add the mica powder. Slowly stir in the mica powder using a spoon or spatula. According to this source, most tutorials recommend using anywhere from 1-8 micro scoops of mica powder per pound of wax. The ratio of mica powder to wax will impact the vibrancy of the color.

A good starting ratio is around 5% mica powder to wax. So for every 1 pound of wax, use around 1.5 teaspoons of mica powder. Adding less mica powder will produce a lighter, more sheer color. Increasing the ratio to 8-10% mica powder will create a deeper, more vibrant color. Be careful not to add too much mica or the color may become uneven or thick.

Stir the mica powder thoroughly to distribute the color evenly throughout the melted wax. The mica powder will initially clump together, so keep stirring until the color is completely dissolved in the wax with no clumps. Stir slowly to prevent air bubbles from forming in the wax mixture.

Stir the Mixture

Once the mica powder has been added to the melted wax, it’s important to stir thoroughly to fully incorporate the powder. You want to ensure there are no clumps of mica powder left in the wax. Use a stirring stick or spoon to mix the mica powder into the wax. Stir in a figure 8 or circular motion, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the container as you mix. If any clumps remain, continue stirring until the mica powder is fully blended into the wax.

Stir gently yet vigorously to achieve an even distribution of color throughout the wax. Mica powder can settle to the bottom, so persistent stirring helps integrate the powder. Take care not to splash hot wax while mixing. Continue stirring for 2-3 minutes once the mica is added to ensure proper dispersion. Avoid overmixing, as excess stirring can dull the color.

Get into the corners of the container and along the sides to stir up any mica powder that may be clinging there. Use a spatula if needed to reach corners and scrape up stubborn clumps. The final wax mixture should have a uniform consistency and color, with no streaks or clumps remaining.

Cool the Mixture

Once the mica powder is fully incorporated into the melted wax, you’ll need to let it cool before handling the wax or pouring it into molds. It’s important to let the mica wax mixture cool completely to avoid issues when pouring candles or wax melts.

If making candles or wax melts, be sure to pour the mica wax mixture into the desired molds or containers once it has cooled slightly but is still pourable. Avoid pouring too hot or the mica powder may settle unevenly. Let the candles or melts cool fully in the molds before attempting to remove them.

The mica wax mixture will need proper time to cure fully before using candles or melts. This allows the mica powder to set evenly throughout the wax. Curing time can range from 24-48 hours. Properly cured mica wax will have an even color and be ready for lighting candles or placing wax melts in warmers.

Use the Mica Wax

Once the mica wax has cooled and hardened, it is ready for use in various candle-making and wax crafting projects. Some popular applications for mica wax include:

Candles – Mica powder adds color, shimmer, and interest to poured candles. You can layer mica wax colors for a striped effect or mix mica wax into the top layer of a candle for a marbled look. Mica wax also works well for embellishing the outside of container candles.

Wax melts – Mica wax makes beautiful, shimmery wax tarts and melts. Pour mica wax into silicone molds or tart tins. Let set completely before removing from the molds. Mica wax melts usually have a stronger scent throw than plain wax.

Wax embeds – You can cast small shapes, flowers, glitter, and other items into mica wax to create unique embeds for candle tops or wax melts. Let the mica wax fully harden before adhering embeds to candles.

Properly stored, mica wax will typically last 1-2 years before the color starts to fade. Keep mica wax in an airtight container out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. Over time, mica particles may settle to the bottom, so stir occasionally to redistribute.


Mixing mica powder into wax doesn’t always go smoothly. Here are some tips for troubleshooting common issues:

Fixing Clumps

If you end up with clumps of mica powder in your wax, try reheating the mixture and stirring vigorously to break them up, as recommended on this soapmaking forum. Stirring constantly as you add the mica can also help prevent clumps from forming.

Adjusting Color Vibrancy

If the color is too muted, you can try adding more mica powder, a little at a time, until you achieve the desired vibrancy, as noted in this Reddit thread. Going slowly helps prevent over-coloring.


If the mica sinks to the bottom as the wax cools, you can remelt the wax and stir thoroughly to evenly distribute the color, according to candlemaking experts. Let it cool again completely before assessing if the color is sufficiently mixed.

Testing Mixtures

It’s a good idea to test a small batch before making a large quantity. This allows you to perfect the technique and ratio of mica to wax before committing to a bigger project.

Safety Tips

When working with mica powder and wax, it’s important to keep some safety tips in mind:

Ventilation – Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area. Melting wax and mixing in mica powder can release fumes, so open windows or work outside if possible.

Microwave safety – Never microwave mica powder on its own. Only microwave wax or wax/mica mixtures.

Avoid skin contact – Wear gloves when handling dry mica powder. Mica particles can irritate skin. Be careful when handling melted wax as well, as it can burn.

Proper cleanup – Let any wax spills fully harden before attempting to scrape and dispose of them. Use soap and water to wash any mica powder off counters, floors, and skin.

For more safety tips when using mica powder and wax, check out this helpful guide:

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