Decorative Mica Products
Asheville Mica enjoys a legacy of over 100 years of providing clients the highest quality Mica lampshade products – all made domestically at our Newport News,
VA facility on our in-house machinery. We stock over 40 tons of Mica splittings that serve as the base of the product, and then carefully source our Shellacs and Resins to ensure the highest quality end product. Asheville-Schoonmaker’ s lampshade mica is manufactured by combining mica flakes with organic shellac and other binders. The combination is put under high heat and pressure for an extended time, then sanded to ensure even thickness. The surface texture can be fine-tuned with various choices of the sanding paper used on the large industrial roller sanders. This process creates sheets with unique, striking colors that are a result of natural mineral deposit variations.
Natural Mica is known for its warmth and character when light passes thru it; it is a hallmark of the Victorian period and Arts & Crafts Movement, with many top designers such as Tiffany, Stickley and Dick Van Erp incorporating mica into their designs. As a source of light diffusion, Mica is without equal when paired with CFL and LED light bulbs. Its light-diffusing characteristics naturally subdues the harsh light these new bulbs sometimes create. We are an industry-leading manufacturer and supplier of Mica-based products for artisans, decorators, and interior design suppliers with many using our exclusive “stained mica”, prized for
its uniqueness and variation of color.
Lampshade mica from Asheville-Schoonmaker Mica is easily shaped by evenly heating for less than 60 seconds. Then gently molding the mica over a cast or form. Once cooled, the mica sheet recovers its firmness while maintaining the desired shape. The material is also easily cut with heavy sheers, a band saw, or scroll saw.
Asheville Mica stocks 14 variations of colors and thickness, and we often custom shear to-spec for unique uses like privacy barrier, acoustic or ceiling tiles and other more architectural uses. Having our own production facility allows us to customize easily and quickly. We offer a lampshade mica sample kit, which allows our customers to view, handle, and better understand how mica products can improve product aesthetics. (insert URL for the U Tube on mica forming and an URL for ordering the sample kit.)
Whether you’re an artisan designing custom lampshades for a single customer or a production facility making thousands of light shades for retailers across the
globe, Asheville-Schoonmaker Mica is your source for high-quality lampshade mica.
Lampshade mica from Asheville-Schoonmaker Mica is easily shaped by evenly heating for a couple of minutes. Then gently mold the mica over a cast or form. Once cooled, the mica sheet recovers its firmness while maintaining the desired shape. The material is also easily cut with heavy sheers, a band saw, or scroll saw.
Cost of samples rebated towards a first order of $75.00 or more and ships free in the continental US.
Mica Wallpaper, Mica Counter and Mica Flooring
Mica Flake can be layered to existing materials to create a textured mica wallpaper, which when used in an elegant or casual space, gives off a rich luxurious look with its natural stone adorned texture and are effective for opening spaces.
Mica Flake is often used with epoxy in custom counter and table tops to add a glittery finish with a wide array of colors available for match home decor.
Mica Flake also is a commonly utilized additive for epoxy and Polyaspartic
flooring producing a beautiful glistening natural crystalline look, while being economical and providing virtually seamless traffic surface. It shares the look of natural granite flooring, along with great ability to hide surface imperfections
Stove Mica (also known as Isinglass) was one of the many Mica uses in the 1800’s when Asheville Mica was formed as a mining and manufacturing operation in Asheville, NC.
Wood stoves, furnaces and other high heat devices often have a Mica viewing panel made of clear Muscovite mica for which we offer excellent replacement panels.