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    Has anyone ever made their own paint pigment from rocks? I'm looking for some tips cause I've never done it.

    I got a chunk of lapis lazuli (about 1"x1") for Christmas for the sole purpose of being able to grind it down to pigment and get that rich blue only found in lapis. I've always wanted to do this but never got past the dream of having a chunk of lapis. Now that I have a little chunk, I'm not really sure where to start. Also not sure what I'm going to paint with it, but I'd like to grind the other colors too so the whole thing will be homemade pigments.

    Anyone ever done this? If so, I'd welcome tips!
    You're no longer a child when a mud puddle is an obstacle rather than an opportunity!

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    I have a friend who does a lot of this stuff (how do I know these people?) so I texted her to ask. She suggested this site:

    http://academic.emporia.edu/abersusa...om/pigment.htm

    Don't know how good that info is, but she does a lot of it so I trust her.
    http://brokenspokedesign.com

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    • #3
      Thanks! Now you'll have two friends that do this stuff! That looks like some good information, that I didn't know, that I'll be pouring over! My little chunk looks to be pretty nice so I'm hoping to extract a good bit from it. I have no idea how much pigment to expect. I had only found references to mixing it with a thick linseed oil so I'm glad that site has the binding agents section.
      You're no longer a child when a mud puddle is an obstacle rather than an opportunity!

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      • #4
        I know how you do it! A very powerful coffee grinder!
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        • #5
          Magic bullet maybe?! I abused my first one so badly that I had to get another one! Not going there again!

          I'm going to try other rocks before tackling my lapis.
          You're no longer a child when a mud puddle is an obstacle rather than an opportunity!

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          • #6
            Daniel Smith makes paint from lapis, also a few other minerals... if you want to take the easy way out.

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