Treat as a pigment and mix with various binders to make the type of paint appropriate for the effect or for the surface it is to be applied to – eg mix with oil to create a metallic oil paint, with an acrylic medium to make an acrylic, or a fabric binding-medium to make into a fabric paint.
The finished effect of a paint made from these metal pigments has a truly metallic sheen (compared to a paint made from pearl pigments), reminiscent of gold leaf.
Once combined with a binder the paint can be applied by almost any method, as desired.
Some suggested binders –
Dextrin – makes a water-based paint perhaps for calligraphy.
PLEASE NOTE: As these powders are made from base metals (eg brass, bronze) they will tarnish if not protected by the binder initially, or if necessary, a finishing sealing coat. Therefore, they should not be applied as loose powders – they will move, fall away from the surface & generally deteriorate.
Health & Safety
Care must be taken to avoid inhaling particles when handling these powders
Do not shake the pot just before opening it – the powders are extremely light and are easily carried in the air.
Wear a mask while lifting the powders from the pot and mixing into the binder.
Place the binder onto the mixing surface and carefully place the powders into the binder, initially gently folding the powder into the binder. NEVER POUR THE BINDER ONTO THE POWDER – the powder will take off into the air.