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Orpiment pigment

This is a dry powder pigment measured at 1/2 teaspoon (approx 1.75 grams) and mailed in a sealed plastic snap top container.

When mixed with water and equal parts gum arabic, it yield about 0.25oz of paint. Different recipes may have different results.

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D - Defined physiological hazard – appropriate precautions necessary.
Toxicity Ratings: The Classifications used are based on those intended for guidance of artists’ colour manufacturers where large quantities might be involved. The risk for an artist using small amounts of colour is therefore comparatively small.

Handling: Avoid breathing dust and use with adequate ventilation. Keep exposure below permissible limit. Do not eat, drink or smoke in areas where the material is used. Wash thoroughly after handling. Use gloves and overalls to avoid skin contact.

Storage: A moderately dry, well ventilated area is considered suitable for handling and storage

Acute Toxicity Oral Toxicity:

Health Effects
Inhalation: could cause irritation
Eye contact: could cause irritation
Ingestion: toxic
Skin contact: could cause irritation

This is a dry powder pigment.

We import from the UK and repackage into smaller quantities which are better suited for most artists. You will receive a 1/3 tablespoon sized portion of this pigment, in a small plastic snap top container. We measure by volume instead of weight due to the density variations between pigment types.

Dry pigment must be mixed with a binding agent to create paint. The most common binding agent used is gum arabic, which creates a watercolor style of paint. There are also other options, such as combining the pigment with with clarified egg white to make egg tempera or adding acrylic medium to make acrylic paint.


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