Uses of Mica

Mica is a naturally occurring element. It is optically flat, translucent, and elastic in nature. Its composition is silicate, aluminium, potassium, manganese, water and iron. It contains the highest amount of silica and so is the most preferred mineral in industries and in other personal applications. Let’s see some other uses of mica in various ways

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Uses of mica

It helps in preventing cracks by acting as wadding in the gypsum wallboard combined compound. It is mostly used for this process. Mica is a bad conductor of electricity and can endure high temperatures. India accounts for large-portion of mica export across the world. Below are some uses of mica in everyday life:

  • Mica mineral
  • Mica powder
  • Mica capacitor
  • Mica schist

Uses of mica mineral:

1. It is one of the important ingredients in makeup and various cosmetics.
2. It gives a shimmery effect and adds sparkle.
3. It gives a glowing effect with a natural finish. There are no side effects and suits for all types of skin. To avoid mica in skin care products you can check the product label.

Uses of mica powder:

To have an attractive background for your scrapbook, mix water and mica powder and spray it on the scrapbook. Mix in oil paint to give extra painting effects. Mica powder is used to add colour and shimmer to epoxy resin, soap, candles, cosmetics and even translucent polymer clay.
Mica powder is mixed with lacquers, glazes, waxes, top coats and varnishes to apply on furniture.

Uses of mica capacitor:

These are also called silver mica capacitors. They offer stability, high precision and reliability. There are various two types of mica capacitors with different applications like – coupling circuits, cable TV amplifiers, resonance circuits, defence electronics, time constant circuits etc.

Uses of mica sheet:

Mica can be made into thin sheets. They are heat tolerant, insulating and dielectric. Because of these properties, they are used in electrical appliances. They are used in control devices, heating devices, neon lights and other lighting equipment.

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