red ochre - set of 5 tubes of this natural pigment

$ 7.80

Set of 5 tubes of red ochre, a natural iron oxide pigment, or a mixed set of both red and yellow ochres. Artists, please read the note below.

Red ochre forms from the weathering of hematite. When used as a pigment it contains clay. This red ochre has been screened but is otherwise as collected. It comes from San Bernardino County, California. A similar red ochre from the Flathead Sandstone near Rawlins, Wyoming was used as a pigment in the initial painting of the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge. Currier & Ives made a number of lithographs around 1883 that show the bridge with Rawlins Red on the cables. We would be happy to send a jpeg of a detail from two of these early lithographs showing this use.

Red ochre becomes earthy and powdered with advanced weathering. Because it was forming in an arid region, it was not leached or washed away from the original deposit of hematite.

Artists! An artist customer milled some of this red ochre in his coffee grinder (!) and was happy with the result. He found it slightly redder. We are now milling this material, so if you would like red ochre with a fine powder-like consistency and a slightly redder shade than what we mine, please request the artist's version. You can ask for some tubes milled, others not milled, to get a mixed set of 5 tubes. Use the message box in the cart to let us know how many of which type you want us to ship.

We also have yellow ochre. The yellow ochre is finer by nature, so we are not milling that material.  You can purchase it separately, or you can ask us to substitute yellow ochre for any number of the tubes of red.

These tubes ship first class unless combined with other purchases.

Making multiple purchases? Click on the "combine shipping" button in the shopping cart. We'll send an invoice with combined shipping. A link in that invoice will bring you back to checkout, no hassle.