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Mica Flakes & Powder

Axim’s mica flakes can be mixed into composite materials like cement or asphalt to give it a sparkling look. Axim’s mica powder  are also used in many cosmetic products for this same purpose. Mica flakes consist of high-quality mica scrap that is ground to a size of 2 to 30 mesh. A crushing and sieving process is used to make mica flakes. Mica powder is available in a wide range of mesh sizes. Commonly used for decorative purposes.

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Reliable Mica Supplier for Mica Flakes and Powder

As the leading North American mica supplier, Axim Mica offers the best mica flakes and powder for decorative applications. Our mica flakes come from premium mica scrap ground to sizes ranging from 2 to 30 mesh.

Our flakes have a healthy mixing relationship with composite materials like cement or asphalt to create a sparkle.

With the largest inventory in the US and Canada, our mica powder lineup spans a wide range of mesh sizes. Trust Axim Mica as your supplier, and never worry about mica powder and flakes and other insulation needs.

What are Mica Flakes and Powder?

Mica, a naturally occurring mineral known for its reflective properties, is ground into flakes and powder for a variety of uses. Historically prized for its aesthetic and insulating qualities, mica flakes, derived from mica scrap, enhance composite materials with a sparkling appearance.

Mica powder, finely milled and available in various mesh sizes, adds shimmer to cosmetics. Celebrated for their heat resistance, electrical insulation, and chemical inertness, mica products tap into a legacy of versatility, blending nature’s beauty with practical applications across industries.

Properties of Mica Flakes and Powder

Mica flakes and powder have the same underlying material in mica, but have different properties for specific operations.

Mica Flakes

  • Sourced from high-quality mica scrap

  • Sized between 2 to 30 mesh through crushing and sieving

  • Consistent particle size distribution

  • Provides a brilliant yet subtle sparkling effect

  • Easily dispersible in composite materials like cement and asphalt

Mica Powder

  • Finely milled mica available in various precise mesh sizes

  • Exhibits a luxurious shimmering appearance

  • Lightweight and free-flowing for easy incorporation

  • Chemically inert and non-toxic for safe usage

  • Suitable for use in cosmetics and personal care products

Both mica flakes and powder possess the inherent properties of mica such as heat resistance, electrical insulation, and chemical inertness enabling their use for many applications.

Technical Parameters

Parameter
Specification
Form
Flakes & Powder
Size Range (Flakes)
2 to 30 mesh
Size Range (Powder)
Wide range of mesh sizes available
Specific Gravity
2.82
Index of Refraction
1.58
Hardness (Moh’s Scale)
2.5
pH Value
7.7 (BS 3483); 5.2 for distilled water
Oil Absorption
60-90 g/100g Mica (BS 3483)
Water Solubility
Not more than 0.5% (BS 1765)
Effect by Common Acids
Slight
Chemical Composition
Silica (SiO2) - 45.70%, Alumina (Al2 O3) - 33.10%, Potassium Oxide (K2O) - 9.87%, Ferric Oxide (Fe2O3) - 2.48%, Sodium Oxide (Na2O) - 0.62%, Titanium Oxide (TiO2) - Trace, Calcium Oxide (CaO) - 0.21% Magnesia (MgO) - 0.38% Moisture (@ 100 °C) - 0.25% Loss on Ignition (H2O) - 2.74%
Loss on Ignition (H2O)
2.74%
Softening Point
2800°F
Moisture (@ 100 °C)
0.25%

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How Mica Flakes and Powder are Made

The process of creating mica flakes and powder both start with mica scrap, sourced for its purity and luster. Here’s how it’s manufactured into two distinct products:

Mica Flakes

The mica scrap is first cleaned and dried. It’s then ground into smaller pieces and put through a sieving process, resulting in flakes sized from 2 to 30 mesh. This precise sizing allows for consistent particle distribution.

Mica Powder

For mica powder, the process goes a step further. After achieving the initial flake stage, the material is milled into a fine powder. The grinding ensures a smooth, uniform powder in various mesh sizes suitable for cosmetic applications and more.

Types of Mica Flakes and Powder

Axim Mica’s mica flakes and powder come in a wide array of types, each optimized for specific uses based on their size and processing method. Here’s a glimpse into the diversity of our offerings:

Mica Flakes Classification

Coarse Flakes: Sized at 3.36 mm (6 Mesh), these are ideal for oil well drilling, pearlescent pigments, and creating artificial snow due to their significant size and sparkling effect.

Medium Coarse Flakes: With a size of 1.68 mm (10 Mesh), they’re used in Christmas ornaments, display materials, and as flocking material for their glittering effects.

Fine Coarse Flakes: Measuring 1.0 mm (16 Mesh), these flakes serve in concrete block fillers, refractory bricks, gypsum boards, and asphalt roofing for thermal insulation and weather-proofing.

Coarse Fine Powder: At 0.55 mm (30 Mesh), this powder is employed in explosives, automotive components for soundproofing, and as fillers or absorbents due to its fine granularity.

Mica Powder Classification

Medium Fine Powder: Sized at 0.25 mm (60 Mesh), it’s utilized in welding electrodes, cables, and foundry works to improve dielectric properties and physical strength.

Fine Powder: At 0.15 mm (100 Mesh), suited for texture paints, acoustical plasters, and ceiling tiles, enhancing physical properties, durability, and water resistance.

Superfine Powder: The finest at 0.04 mm (325 Mesh), it’s used in paints, plastics, rubber products, paper, and cosmetics, providing thermal and dielectric property improvements, flexibility, and adhesion.

Applications of Mica Flakes and Powder

  • Composite Materials

    Enhances the appearance of cement, asphalt, and resin-based products with a sparkling effect.

  • Cosmetics

    Imparts a shimmery glow in products like eyeshadows, nail polish, and body glitter.

  • Paints and Coatings

    Adds luster and depth to automotive, architectural, and decorative paints.

  • Crafts and Hobby Projects

    Used in card making, scrapbooking, and other craft projects for a glittering finish.

  • Plastics

    Incorporated into plastics for automotive components, appliances, and consumer electronics, adding sparkle and improving aesthetics.

  • Rubber Products

    Mixed into rubber to create visually appealing designs in rubber goods and toys.

Benefits of Mica Flakes and Powder

Choosing Axim Mica’s mica flakes and powder for your projects brings a host of advantages:

  • Versatile Aesthetic Appeal

    Mica flakes give composite materials like cement and asphalt a unique, sparkling look, while mica powder adds a luxurious shimmer to cosmetics, elevating product aesthetics.

  • Exceptional Physical Properties

    Heat resistance, low thermal conductivity, and electrical insulation make these materials suitable for a wide array of industrial and aesthetic applications.

  • Chemical Stability

    Inert and stable across various chemicals, mica flakes and powder are safe for use in diverse environments, including sensitive cosmetic formulations.

  • Ease of Use

    Both mica flakes and powder are easy to integrate into various product formulations, offering consistent dispersion and blendability.

  • Eco-friendly Options

    As natural minerals, mica products offer an environmentally friendly choice for applications demanding sustainability alongside aesthetic and functional qualities.

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Why You Should Choose Axim Mica for Unrivaled Mica Solutions

Trusted Across Industries

Over 50 industries, 12,000+ clients including aerospace, energy, and automotive, rely on our mica products for the past two decades. Our broad application scope demonstrates our ability to meet diverse needs with precision and excellence.

Unmatched Selection

As home to North America's largest inventory of mica and mica products, from insulation sheets to custom fabricated parts, we ensure immediate access to the materials you need, when you need them.

Expertise at Work

Our in-house engineering team's deep mica expertise fuels our custom fabrication and converting capabilities, making even the most complex projects feasible and straightforward.

Value Without Compromise

Offering the most competitive prices without sacrificing quality, we're committed to providing exceptional value. Our ISO 9001:2015 certification stands as a testament to our unfaltering dedication to quality standards.

Proven Track Record

With over 150,000,000 parts fabricated and counting, servicing more than 12,350 companies, our experience is extensive and varied. Trust us to understand—and meet—your unique requirements.

Simple Yet Effective Customer Service

Our mica solutions are designed with ease of installation in mind. We streamline your projects, saving you time and resources. We give you tailored and adequate technical advice pre and post working with us.

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About Axim Mica

At Axim Mica, we’ve dedicated over two decades to delivering top-quality mica products, ensuring on-time, defect-free performance. Our focus on eliminating waste and enhancing efficiency translates into reliable solutions tailored to your needs.

Trust us to bring unparalleled quality and expertise to your projects, saving you both time and money with every order.

Quality Assurance: ISO-Certified Mica Supplier

Axim Mica’s commitment to excellence is embodied in our ISO 9001:2015 certification. Adopting proactive risk-based thinking and lean methodologies, we strive for zero-defect parts.

Our comprehensive Quality Management System assures product consistency and reliability, providing higher value and greater confidence. Experience the Axim Mica difference—where quality saves you time and money.

How It Works: Our Simple 3-Step Process

Here is a simplified 3-step process for ordering lampshade mica from Axim Mica.

Step 1: Contact Us

Reach out with your project needs via phone, email, or our website. An Axim Mica expert will guide you through product options and customization.

Step 2: Get a Quote

We'll provide a competitive quote tailored to your specifications, ensuring you receive the best value for your mica requirements.

Step 3: Fast Delivery

Upon order confirmation, we promptly ship your high-quality, defect-free mica products, ensuring they arrive exactly when you need them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mica flakes are commonly used to add a sparkling effect to composite materials like cement or asphalt and are also integrated into paint formulations and crafts for their decorative appeal.

Yes, it’s safe to use mica flakes. They are chemically inactive and non-toxic, making them suitable for a wide range of applications, including decorative purposes in the construction and arts & crafts sectors.

Mica powder is finely milled mica that offers a shimmering effect, commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products for its smooth, lustrous finish. Mica flakes, on the other hand, are coarser, providing a distinct sparkling texture for decorative enhancements in various materials.