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SuperSauce

I originally developed DASS SuperSauce as an inexpensive way to do proofing while using flatbed printers at print shops. But it's turned out to be a great medium in many ways including creating an image that resembles a Polaroid emulsion transfer. You can use SuperSauce to transfer an image to nearly any flat surface that you can imagine (compared to the alcohol gel that needs an absorbent surface). SuperSauce Concentrate is sometimes used as a primer, and then activated with the SuperSauce Solution (usually on nonporous surfaces). Other times you just apply the solution directly (usually on porous surfaces). I've since discovered that SuperSauce allows you to collage images directly onto canvas, paper, metal, or even walls! It works great up to about 3' x 4' by yourself, but for anything larger you'll probably want an assistant.

Instructions for applying the SuperSauce are different for each type of substrate and are covered in Chapters 6–8. We'll use SuperSauce as a transfer medium on a variety of surfaces including metal, plastic, wood, paper, and fabric. Included on the next page is the procedure for making a solution from the concentrate. As always, be sure to read through the entire procedure before you begin. And remember to work in a well-ventilated area away from heat and any ignition source. These steps are also included on the enclosed DVD.

To make SuperSauce Solution from SuperSauce Concentrate:

Make sure to wear eye protection and appropriate gloves as well as a respirator if you're sensitive to alcohol.

  1. Pour a 16-ounce bottle of 91 percent (70 or 99 percent will not work) isopropyl alcohol into a dry, wide-mouth 1-quart glass canning jar.
  2. Shake the SuperSauce Concentrate, and then add 4 level tablespoons to the alcohol. Do not put the concentrate in the jar first—you must add it to the alcohol (Figure 4.3).
    Figure 4.3

    Figure 4.3 Add the concentrate to the alcohol—not the reverse!

  3. As you pour the concentrate in, you'll notice that it gets lumpy and falls to the bottom of the jar. Stir the solution right away, and then tightly cap the jar.
  4. Cover the jar with a disposable cloth (in case it leaks) and gently shake the solution every 30 minutes for the first four hours. If you can't do this, it will dissolve overnight on its own. When fully dissolved, the solution will appear as a thin, slightly translucent syrup (Figure 4.4).
    Figure 4.4

    Figure 4.4 A jar of SuperSauce Solution ready for use.

  5. Place the supplied SuperSauce Solution label on the jar. Keep the solution stored in the jar with the lid tightly closed to keep the alcohol from evaporating. If you place a piece of plastic wrap or sandwich bag between the lid and the jar, it will be easier to open. If it thickens over time, you can add additional alcohol and re-mix the solution.
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