Time to Print!
The emulsion transfer is done using DASS SuperSauce Concentrate. Follow these steps:
- Mix four ounces of DASS SuperSauce Concentrate with 16 ounces of 91% isopropyl alcohol in a wide-mouthed glass canning jar with a leak-proof lid (see Figure 14). Shake the jar several times and then allow the mixture to dissolve the concentrate overnight. In the morning, it will be a clear liquid, like warm syrup.
- Place a dry, prepared aluminum plate on a flat work surface. Position the dry print face-down (ink side down) on the plate and tape one edge to the work surface, as shown in Figure 15.
- Fold the print back, off the surface of the plate.
- Using a foam brush, coat the plate with a thin, even layer of the SuperSauce solution, as shown in Figure 16.
- Carefully roll the print down over the surface and gently press it across the plate, using a clean paint roller.
- Wait three minutes. Then lift one corner of the film and peel it off the plate, as shown in Figure 17.
- If you make a mistake or part of the image doesn't transfer (and you don't like the serendipitous result), you can salvage the plate for another try. Wet a paper towel with 91% isopropyl alcohol and rub off the entire image; then let the plate dry and try again. With practice you can make perfect transfers.
Figure 14 DASS SuperSauce Concentrate, added to 16 ounces of 91% isopropyl alcohol.
Figure 15 Positioning the print on the plate. Here you're seeing the clear film positioned over the plate where it will be transferred. Some of the tape is holding the white sheet to the table.
Figure 16 Applying the SuperSauce concentrate to the surface of the plate.
Figure 17 Removing the film from the transfer.
Figure 18 The final result.
Figure 19 You can give any photo a tintype look to create a mood. (It helps when the model is dressed appropriately for the period.)
Figure 20 An old-fashioned take on a modern portrait.
If you'd like more information on this process, including demonstrations and other tips and techniques, check out my new Vintage Tintype DVD, available from Digital Art Studio Seminars.