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How to make the Perfect Super Sauce Mixture for Image Transfers

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Materials Needed:

Super Sauce is a medium used in transferring inkjet prints onto alternative surfaces like wood, metal, plexiglass, etc. The super sauce mixture is made of super sauce concentrate and 91% Isopropyl Alcohol. Super Sauce is sold by DASS Art and is available in two finishes. The choices are matte or gloss finish. We recommend a gloss finish for more non-porous reflective surfaces like plastic, glass, and plexiglass. For porous surfaces like paper, wood, etc, you will want to use the super sauce concentrate with a matte finish.

Before we get into the mixing, you should consider safety precautions. The smell of isopropyl alcohol is quite strong so it is a good idea to wear a face mask. Next, you will want to consider wearing goggles to protect your eyes. You will not want to get super sauce in your eyes as it is not something you ever want to have contact with water. If a super sauce mixture (including the alcohol) makes contact with water, it will turn into a thick foam that can not be put down a drain. This can make washing anything out of your eyes quite difficult. 

Creating the mixture is dependent on having the right measurement for your ingredients. For every 1 TBS of super sauce concentrate, you will need 4 oz of 91% isopropyl alcohol. You must use 91% isopropyl alcohol. Any other grade simply will not work. Taking the above measurements, mix the two slowly. Once you have the contents in the mason jar, you will want to secure the lid fully so that you can begin to mix the contents.

 You will want to let the jar sit for at least 6 hours, periodically shaking the jar vigorously during that time. Again, please note that you should never add any water to this mixture or your brushes. It can cause severe damage to plumbing and will render your brushes unusable. Once the 6 hours have passed, and you have a consistent mixture, you will be ready to start transferring your images!

Once you begin to use the super sauce mixture, you will want to keep the brush you use inside of the jar with the mixture when it is not in use. The brush you use will not be able to be used for anything else after this. We recommend that you use this brush until it is no longer usable and at which point, you will need to throw it out. Once again, we remind you not to put this brush anywhere near any sinks or plumbing.

Storing the mixture with the brush is where having the mason jar with the lid and outer band comes into great use. You will want to remove the lid permanently. When you are not using the super sauce, put the brush inside the jar and wrap a plastic bag somewhat loosely around the brush and jar. Then, take the outer band and screw it tightly onto the mason jar. This will keep the seal airtight without the brush poking through and letting air in. You can see our example in the image at the beginning of this article.

We have quite a few super sauce tutorials based on different applications. We encourage you to experiment with this method on multiple surfaces to get an idea of its capabilities.

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Holiday Gift Ideas Using DASS Transfer Film: Alcohol Transfer to Wood

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Making handmade gifts for your loved ones can be a fun and rewarding process. Receiving a unique and personalized item can feel amazing and really add to a gift recipient’s holiday cheer. This tutorial is part of a DIY holiday gift idea series where we teach you different methods of using Inkjet Prints on DASS Transfer Film. Today, we will show how to perform the alcohol transfer, which is great if you are a beginner.  Once you complete this transfer method and decide you are looking for a challenge, we recommend trying the super sauce transfer.

Preparing the Images for Transfer: Images must be printed to DASS Transfer Film using an Inkjet Printer. Through our company, Kirkpatrick & Co. Specialty Printing, we can print your images to this film for you. Order your print today.

If you have your own inkjet printer, make sure that you flip your image horizontally before printing. If you don’t, your image will be flipped the wrong way when you transfer it. Also be sure that the ink is printed on the rough/textured side of the DASS Transfer Film. 

Think about how you want your images to be presented. Will it be a wood ornament? They have wood slices pre-drilled with holes on Amazon which would be perfect for this! You could even make a wood block that hangs on the wall. 

Alcohol Transfer to Wood (Beginner Skill Level)

Materials Needed:

 Alcohol Transfer to Wood
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer
Rubber Glove
Inkjet print on DASS Transfer Film

Transfer Directions

  1. Since this application does not require a brush, we suggest that you wear a rubber glove to avoid getting splinters. Using a gloved finger, apply the hand sanitizer evenly to the surface of the wood. If there is too much, the image will run and if there is too little, the image won’t transfer.
         
  2. Quickly position your print face down above your wood surface and once you have it lined up, lay it straight down onto the surface. Avoid rubbing the print as it can blur your image. Just make sure it has made full contact with the wood surface. 
    DASS Transfer Film laying print side down onto the Purell covered wood surface. Gloved finger gently applying pressure to make sure that the print has made full contact with the wood surface
  3. After letting it set for about 30 seconds, slowly begin to peel the film back at one corner. If the image has transferred to the wood, keep removing the film. If it is still stuck to the film, press it back down. Then try again until it is ready. If it refuses to transfer, that may mean you did not apply enough Purell hand sanitizer to the surface. If this happens and your print is not damaged or unusable, apply more Purell and try again. If not, you will need to get a new print and start over. 
    Hand slowly peeling the DASS Transfer Film up from the wood surface. Hand slowly peeling the DASS Transfer Film up from the wood surface.
  4. At this point, let your transfer dry for at least 6 hours before spraying it with a protective finish. Leaving the extra time will make sure that your image has set into the wood. At first, the wood will look dark because it is wet. Once it dries, the color will go back to normal. 
    Image transfer immediately after the DASS Transfer Film has been removed. The wood is still wet and looks darker. The image after it has successfully been transferred. It is still wet and needs to dry.
  5. Once the wood has dried you will want to put a protective finish on it. We recommend using Krylon Crystal Clear spray.
    The image transfer after the wood has dried.

This is the end of the first tutorial in our holiday gift idea series. Our next tutorial will teach you how to complete the super sauce transfer. Consider signing up to get notified when it is out! You can also see all of the posts from this series here.

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Transferring Your Images to Metal Surfaces with SuperSauce

Inkjet Prints Transferred to Aluminum
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Here you will find the steps needed to complete the Super Sauce Transfer Method to a metal surface. This tutorial will show how to transfer an image to an aluminum sheet metal which is a non-porous surface.

Creating the Transfer Solution: The Super Sauce mixture will need to be made using the following directions.

Ingredients: 4 oz 91% isopropyl alcohol (must be 91%)
1 TBS supersauce gloss concentrate

Mix these two ingredients in a mason jar. Let the jar sit for at least 6 hours, periodically shaking the jar vigorously during that time.

Preparing the Images for Transfer: Images must be printed to DASS Transfer Film using an Inkjet Printer. Through our company, Kirkpatrick & Co. Specialty Printing, we can print your images to this film for you. Order your print today.

If you are printing the image yourself, It is important to be sure that the image is flipped horizontally before it is printed because once the image is transferred, it will flip back. This is especially important when text is involved.

A good metal to start with will be the one shown below.

Performing the Image Transfer:

Step 1: Rub the metal gently with a scrubby pad and spray the surface with degreaser.

Step 2: After leaving the degreaser set for a minute, rinse it off in the sink and dry it with a paper towel.

For Step 3 (Please note this is only really needed when using the Gloss concentrate and non porous surfaces; example: metal). I use a 1:1 ratio mixture of the Supersauce Concentrate and water. So for example take one table spoon of the SuperSauce Concentrate (WITHOUT THE ALCOHOL mixed in) and take one table spoon of water and mix them together. You will apply this to your surface with a brush and let it dry. Then you can continue on to the next step.

Step 4: Tape the surface to the table below and then tape the film with the print side down to the table, ensuring that the print is lined up properly to the surface.

Step 5: Using a brush, apply the super sauce mix evenly to the surface. If there is too much, the image will run and if there is too little, the image won’t transfer. It’s a good idea to do a practice transfer first. Kirkpatrick & Co. Specialty Printing can print test prints for you to practice with. Email us for a quote! Do not wash off the brush in a sink. The Super Sauce mixed with water will cause issues with the plumbing. Instead, put the brush in a cup filled with isopropyl alcohol and cover it with plastic wrap so that the brush can be kept for future use. After letting the super sauce sit for 1 minute, move on to step 6.

Step 6: Flip the film down so that the image is print side down on the surface. press lightly to ensure that the film is making contact with the entire piece. After 3 minutes, move on to step 7.

Step 7: begin to lightly pull up on the bottom corner of the film. If the image has stuck to the surface, continue to remove the film carefully. if it hasn’t transferred, put the film back down and press lightly. Repeat this process until the entire image has transferred to the surface. This step should take about 2 minutes.

Step 8: Once the image has been transferred, it takes two days for it to dry and cure. Once two days have passed, spray the piece with crystal clear fixative. For this, we highly recommend using Krylon Crystal Clear spray.