Buy Fungal Pigments

Pigments, pigments everywhere! Or are they dyes? Meh, whatever. THEY’RE COOL! We now have the pigments in two forms, the traditional form, where the pigments are bound to the glass and need to be resolubilized, and our new tech form–flakes. Those looking for colorants for paints (oil or acrylic) will likely be more interested in the flake form, whereas woodworkers will likely still prefer the bound form. More information on each, below.

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BOUND PIGMENTS

For a quick guide on how to use the pigments bound to glass, click here.

There are NO shipping restrictions on these, as they are only the pigment, not the fungus.

Coverage you can get out of one vial depends on the grade (lab grade is more concentrated than craft grade), color you want (the colors build in intensity – orange takes fewer coats than red, etc), and wood color (lighter woods show the color faster than darker woods). In general, a craft grade vial could reasonably give one surface coat of color to a 6″ by 6″ bowl.

Please note that while yes, these are natural pigments derived entirely from fungi, they are NOT food safe. Consider them for decorative use only.

To purchase, select from the list below. When you have made your selection, e-mail me with what you want, your address, and how you would like to pay (check or credit card). 

To purchase pigments, first, select grade:

* trial grade ($5) gets you a tiny vial that will solubilize up to do maybe a few internal zone lines. Basically we take any vials we find with an unknown amount of pigment in it and keep them catalogued for this use. Some are heavily concentrated, some are very dilute. It’s $5. Don’t ask questions.

* laboratory grade ($40) gets you a large vial with solvent safe lid of a color standardized (you get the same hue and saturation each time) pigment. One vial, solubilized, is generally enough to do one full coat over an 8″ diameter bowl in a white, diffuse porous wood.

hyper concentrated ($variable) gets you a large vial with solvent safe lid of a color standardized but hyper concentrated. Add $10 to the price of the lab grade for each additional ‘fill up’. So, if you want a double concentrated lab grade, we will fill the vial up once, evap the solvent, fill it up again, and evap the solvent so you have twice the contents of the lab grade. This is by far the most economical way to purchase pigments.

Next, select color:

* green – is from Chlorociboria species and can range anywhere from blue-green to yellow to black, depending on saturation

red – is from Scytalidium cuboideum and can range from red, pink, orange, light purple (rare), blue and brown, depending on saturation

yellow – is from Scytalidium ganodermophthorum and can range from duck yellow, to yellow brown, to lime green depending on saturation

Finally, select shipping method

slow – we take our time getting it to you. Cost is $5 for anywhere in North America

* fast – ship same day via priority. Cost is $10 for anywhere in North America

To order, send an e-mail with the above information to here. The pigments will arrive in a dry state, bound to their borscillicate glass container. To use they will need to be resolubilized with something like acetone or dichloromethane. Please use caution when working with solvents.

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FLAKE PIGMENTS

This is pretty new, and we are very excited! We can now provide the blue-green and red pigments in highly concentrated flakes, which can be shaken out of their glass container and added to many substances. The flakes are still soluble in organic solvents, like the bound pigment above, but also can be carried in water (although they do not dissolve), and are readily miscible in acrylic and oil paints. We recommend them more for paint applications at this time, although they would work well across a variety of mediums.

Coverage you can get out of one vial is roughly 3-4x that of a laboratory grade vial, above. It takes less than a quarter of a gram of flakes to color an entire tube of paint. This stuff is strong, and very concentrated! 

Please note that while yes, these are natural pigments derived entirely from fungi, they are NOT food safe. Consider them for decorative use only.

To purchase, select from the list below. When you have made your selection, e-mail me with what you want, your address, and how you would like to pay (check or credit card). 

To purchase pigment flakes, first select color:

green ($70) – is from Chlorociboria species and can range anywhere from blue-green to yellow to black, depending on saturation

red ($60)- is from Scytalidium cuboideum and can range from red, pink, orange, light purple (rare), blue and brown, depending on saturation

 

Then, select shipping method

slow – we take our time getting it to you. Cost is $5 for anywhere in North America

* fast – ship same day via priority. Cost is $10 for anywhere in North America

To order, send an e-mail with the above information to here. The pigments will arrive borscillicate glass container in a flaky form. To use they will need to be resolubilized with something like acetone or dichloromethane, or embedded into something like paint. We can provide how-to tutorials if needed. Please use caution when working with solvents.