Making a Neon Sign By Hand | WIRED

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  • Published on:  Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Inside Shawna Peterson's neon tube bending studio where puffs of air, charred wood, and glass tubes meet to make brilliant custom signs and art.

    Shawna Peterson bends glass tubes for a living. She makes neon art, and has put glowing faces on a giant wall of recyclables for artist Erik Otto, bent two-inch circles for a wall sized circuit board for Dolby Labs, and created a sign that simply says "Wash Me" for a San Francisco laundromat. The shining remnants of her past and future projects can be seen scattered throughout her workspace. It lies on the border of Oakland, California, and neighboring Emeryville, just blocks from Pixar Studios in an area dotted with warehouses, workshops, and art studios.

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  • DPhoto

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    That was cool. I love learning about off hand careers and the people that work at it. Very interesting

  • Morty

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    These neon signs are stylish af.

  • liu dean

     (Oct 12, 2018)

    yes ,Very magical, unique, colorful, different in style, very envious 。welcome to purchase the neon glass tubes materials

  • TheMovieMyLife

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    Glad she loves it. I don't think I'd have the patience.

  • Londonmuso

     (Jan 3, 2018)

    Why are you pointing out that you wouldn't have the patience?

  • Dream Chaser

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    People say the same thing about drawing. It isn't...

  • Adrian Ferrette

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    Not gonna lie, I was kinda hoping/expecting to see a WIRED neon sign there at the end :(Very awesome video all the same!

  • Paul Jones

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    she would be able to make some kickass water cooling setups

  • virshan

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    Paul Jones this is exactly what I thought

  • Simply Interesting

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    She looks so hardcore

  • AF25

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    WIRED literally goes from interviewing celebrities with google questions to how to create a bloody neon sign.

  • h h

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    And? These hard working people are necessary in this world.

  • Continual Improvement

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    I found this enlightening.

  • Shavone Granville

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    i see what you did there

  • Joshua del Moro

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    Neons are a e s t h e t i c

  • Valeri Oliva

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    Neon signs are awesome

  • Valeri Oliva

     (Oct 27, 2017)

    I love neon on old vintage signs, like drugstores etc, very nostalgic