Based on Yttrium, Indium and Manganese elements in a new chemical structure, YInMn Blue is compatible with a wide range of applications.
*Shepherd Color does not provide samples to individuals, only industrial companies with the correct PPE equipment.
I’m an artist, how can I purchase paint?
Please contact one of the companies below by visiting their website. They are listed by area/country, but some may take international orders.
Golden: https://www.goldenpaints.com/ or 800-959-6543
Since 1980 Golden Artist Colors has produced thousands of custom products to meet the individual needs of our creative customers. They are now offering Acrylic, Oil and Watercolor paints made with YInMn Blue pigment – the first new inorganic blue pigment in over 200 years – through the GOLDEN custom lab. If you are interested in ordering YInMn Blue paints from Golden, please visit us here or call the number above.
If you’d like to see the Golden Custom Lab in action, click here to see a video showing the process of making paint with YInMn blue.
Derivan Pty Ltd: https://www.matisse.com.au/yin-min-blue-structure
Kremer Pigmente: https://www.kremer-pigmente.com/de/yinmn-blue-45320.html
Why is it called YInMn Blue?
The pigment is based on an oxide made of Yttrium(Y), Indium (In) and Manganese (Mn).
The YInMn name is just shorthand for that. It is also fairly easy to say ‘Yin-min’ Blue.
Is YInMn Blue a new color?
A color is the interaction of a light source (like the sun or a light bulb), an object (and it’s absorbing and scattering of light by wavelength), and the observer (the person). When someone looks at a plastic chip made with YInMn Blue outdoors, you could have another plastic chip next to it made with different pigments that would look perceptibly to most people to be the same. So in that way, YInMn isn’t a new ‘color’. It is a new color in that it is a new chemical composition that by itself has that unique color as compared to other color pigments. Chemists took elements (Yttrium, Indium, Manganese and Oxygen) and reacted them in specific ways in specific ratios to make the bright blue known as YInMn Blue.
While color matching in the first instance happens everyday all over, including at your local paint store, a new pigment chemistry that makes a useful color is something rather rare. Only a few brand new and unique commercial pigments are discovered every 10-20 years. Besides the color, YInMn Blue also has other properties like high-opacity and n-IR reflectance that give it further benefits than just its beautiful color.
Is YInMn available to artists in dry pigment form?
Shepherd Color can only sell dry pigment powder to industrial, commercial companies with the correct PPE and handling equipment as laid out in the SDS. Commercial use only is a stipulation of the EPA’s listing the material on the TSCA inventory. As such, we can’t provide individuals with dry YInMn pigment.
Is YInMn Blue available as a paint?
YInMn Blue is a dry powder pigment that must be dispersed in a paint, coating, plastic or other binder material. Many paints and coatings manufacturers are interested in the pigment and we will be bringing paints to the market after commercialization.
What approvals does YInMn Blue have for use in artist materials?
YInMn Blue was tested at the Duke University’s Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and found:
- Found no toxic component or contaminant level or effect of the products themselves that would require acute or chronic hazard labeling to conform with ASTM D4236, the Labeling for Hazardous Art Materials Act, LHAMA regulations (16 CFR 1500.14(B)(8), or the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.
- Is classified as NOT being toxic, corrosive, a skin or eye irritant, a strong sensitizer or combustible/flammable as defined in 16 CFR 1500.3(b)(5), and 1500.3(b)(7) – (10) of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act regulations.
- Does not require labeling under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).
- Do not contain hazardous substances when evaluated under ASTM F963.8.2 of the Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.
- For EN71.3:2013 approved for use at 1% max loading for category I (Dry brittle, powder-like or pliable material), and 5% max loading for Category III (Scraped off material).