Safety Guidelines for our Pigments, Binders and Mediums
All of our pigments, binders and mediums are non-toxic and safe to work with. They do not contain any hazardous ingredients.
However any material no matter how benign should be handled with care, especially when handling a cup or more of dry ingredients,
or liquids that can spill. Here are some guidelines for safety:
- Avoid breathing pigment dust. The use of a nuisance dust mask is recommended.
- Avoid getting dust onto hands or clothing. Wear protective clothing such as aprons and rubber gloves, and wash up
with soap and water after handling pigments. Do not eat or drink while handling powdered pigments.
Keep hands away from face and eyes. If pigments get into eyes, flush liberally with water.
- Cover work surfaces and clean up thoroughly when finished. Powders can be wiped up with a wet disposable towel.
- Avoid using powders where fans or blowing air are present.
- Open pigment containers carefully to avoid spillage. After use ensure containers are closed securely and free of residue.
- Keep all pigment containers clearly marked.
- Have dedicated tools and containers that are used just for your pigments.
- Pigments are not suitable for food use and are not meant to be used as food coloring.
- Pigment Powders are not suitable to be handled by children.
- Ochers, Earths and Mineral pigments are not biodegradable, (not broken down by living organisims). Therefore they should be disposed of in a responsible manner to protect fresh water sources.
Although non-toxic, Linseed oil, boiled or refined, has a strong odor and should always be used with good ventilation.
Finished paints should be allowed to dry also under good ventilation. Some people may experience light-headedness, headache
or nausea if exposed to strong fumes without fresh air. Linseed Oil, as with most oils, can become combustible at high temperatures and can cause other
materials, commonly rags used for clean-up, to become flammable. Rags containing linseed oil should not be
stored. Linseed oil creates heat as it dries and rags improperly cleaned or stored can spontaneously combust. To work safely
with Linseed Oil, follow these simple guidelines:
- Use only with adequate ventilation during application and drying phases.
- Do not get Linseed Oil on your skin or onto your hands where it could accidentally get into your eyes. In case of eye contact,
flush eyes liberally with water. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after use.
- Clean up completely after use.
- Any rags used for application or cleanup should be treated in the following manner: Allow rags to dry completely by
laying them out flat in fresh air, preferable out doors, for at least 24 hours, or wash rags in detergent and water, thoroughly removing all residue.
Allow waste water to rinse completely down the drain.
- Cap all containers securely in between use, wiping them with a cloth to be sure they are clean and dry.
Waxes and Resins
- All waxes and resins should be melted over an enclosed hot plate and never over a direct flame where they could
- To avoid flash fires, observe all melting point recomendations and do not overheat. Never leave melting wax unattended.
- Any fire should be extinguished by smothering with a damp cloth or nonflammable material. The flames may also be
extinguished by covering with baking soda or using a dry chemical fire extinguisher.
- To avoid overheating when combining ingredients with different melting points, always melt the material with
the higher melting point first, then add the material with the lower melting point to combine.
Clove Oil is called an Essential Oil and is very concentrated - only a few drops are needed for most applications. A glass dropper
is recommended to prevent spillage. These guidelines are recommended for use:
- Our Clove Oil is intended for the prevention of mold and bacterial growth in paints and to impart a pleasant smell
to finished paints. It is not meant for ingestion.
- Essential oils can cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. Do not get Clove Oil on your skin or onto your
hands where it could accidentally get into your eyes. If this occurs, flush eyes liberally with water. Wash hands thoroughly with
soap and water after use.
- Always clean up work areas well and be sure to clean spills thoroughly. Cap or close all containers securely between use, wiping them with a cloth to be sure they are clean and dry.
- Fumes in excess may cause discomfort in some individuals. Use in small amounts and recap bottle between applications.
- Keep Clove Oil out of reach of children. Do not leave a bottle where a child could open it and get into the contents.
Glycerin and Borax
- May cause eye irritation. Avoid contact with eyes. If this occurs, flush liberally with water.
- Cap or close all containers securely in between use, wiping them with a cloth to be sure they are clean and dry.
- Clean all work surfaces well and wash hands with soap and water after use.
Light Yellow Ocher,
Dark Yellow Ocher,
Brown Ocher &
Natural Earth Minerals - Kaolinite and Geothite.
Natural Earths and Iron Oxides
Nicosia Green Earth,
Natural Black &
Natural Earths, Iron or Iron/Manganese and Clay.
Brick Red &
Enhanced Ochers, (90% Ocher based with 10% Organic/Mineral content). Colors are unique and special to our quarry.
Titanium White: Rutile (mineral).
Brown 610 &
Black 318: Iron Oxides.
Charron Blue is a Milori blue mix.
Blue MC is a thalo blue.
SOF Blue is a blue oxide.
Ultramarine Blue is a Clay based synthetic.
and Viridian are Chrome Oxide Greens. Chrome Oxides can cause skin irritation in some sensitive individuals.