DIY : Pressing Pigments

I have a lot of sample pigments and I wanted to press them so that it will be easy to use and easy to carry as well. So I started getting products necessary to do it. It takes a lot of patience to do this entire project 😀 and It took me 2 hrs. I made a lot of mistakes and learnt from it. I found a wonderful method in the net on how to do it. This is how I did 🙂 .

Products :

  1. Glycerol
  2. Surgical spirit
  3. Empty palette with pans
  4. Kitchen tissues
  5. pigments
  6. Mixing medium – 3 :1 – Water : Glycerol
  7. Bobby pin to mix the pigment

Method :

  1. Cover the work top with an old cloth. Spray some alcohol into the pan. Take the pigment sample (mine was in a small box) and keep the bobby pin ready as well.
  2. Add about 5-6 drops of alcohol and mix them with bobby pin followed by 3-4 drops of mixing medium (the amount depends on how much of a sample you have. It’s all trial and error 🙂 ).
  3. Mix it with bobby pin till all the pigments are dissolved and it should be little bit thinner not like a paste.
  4. Pour the liquid into the pan and then drop the pan on the work top gently so that they spread evenly and get rid of bubbles.
  5. Place them in the empty palette and leave it for about 1 hr or more till they are dried.
  6. Then press them with a 50 cent coin covered by kitchen towel. (Believe me, it should be completely dried or you will have an accident like me 😦 )
  7. Once every thing is dried properly, place a kitchen tissue to cover the eye shadow and close the palette and store them properly 🙂 .

P.S. It is quite messy and you need a lot of kitchen tissues. I ruined some pigments by making them more liquid, I just let the pigment settle for some time and then drained the liquid in the sink so I lost a lot of pigments by this way 😦 . But have lot of patience and you will have a wonderful product at the end. For a first time pressing pigments, It’s not a bad end product 🙂 .


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