A glimpse into the neon sign studio.
When a clear glass tube is filled with an inert gas, such as neon or argon, and an electric current is introduced, electrons flow through the gas, causing its atoms to glow. When you introduce phosphor powders and various types of colored glass, a rainbow of hues are possible.
To shape the neon glass tubes into your design, we use a glassblowing technique handed down through the ages. First, the plan. We draw out the pattern for your neon sign creation on a fire-resistant sheet of paper. To bend the glass, we use a burner with a propane flame set at 1,200° F. As the glass reaches the desired temperature, we gently guide each section of the neon tube in and out of the flame and form the letters or shapes desired. A small amount of air is introduced inside each unit to restore the tube's original diameter. Finally, we check the shape against the pattern for maximum accuracy and adjust as necessary.
Rinse and repeat until your neon creation is perfectly crafted, uniquely for you.