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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  • Rite Lite

    Rite Lite

     2 months ago

    This is FANTASTIC!

  • Gaming_freak12700


     4 months ago

    Like to visit U to learn the job!
    Best 🇩🇰

  • Marcelo ps

    Marcelo ps

     6 months ago

    This art died in Brazil, in part because it was never well paid.

  • andy uh

    andy uh

     7 months ago

    bay area? how do i get in contact with her business?

  • Liu Dean

    Liu Dean

     8 months ago

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  • Kid I know

    Kid I know

     10 months ago

    sooooo cool...better than bending conduit that for sure

  • Dan Coulson

    Dan Coulson

     10 months ago

    A form of art that is rapidly being lost. A shame.

  • User


     10 months ago +2

    Utmost respect to a hardworking woman that has way more value than most average sugarcoated nail-polishing selfie-taking girls you'd find around nowadays

  • rRobert Smith

    rRobert Smith

     1 years ago

    I guess looking for a medical glass blower was out of the question.

  • Alessandra S Frozz

    Alessandra S Frozz

     1 years ago

    And too expensive for a professional to make one?

  • Aamir Bilal

    Aamir Bilal

     1 years ago


  • ROVER25X


     1 years ago +1

    I fucking love neon, lost art nowdays that got replaced by boring backlit sign but mainly by LED's as faux neon.

  • Kenneth Rosenstroem

    Kenneth Rosenstroem

     1 years ago

    In DK they last 50+ years...

  • boy638


     1 years ago

    her job is lit

  • CptMikeTango


     1 years ago

    Be careful, led age is coming!

  • SomeGuy5


     1 years ago

    From the title I thought she makes Stop Signs...

  • Daniel  Guru

    Daniel Guru

     1 years ago

    This was an intro to an epic documentary! Awesome and interesting

  • Sanskar Singh

    Sanskar Singh

     1 years ago

    Neon bender!

  • Sanskar Singh

    Sanskar Singh

     1 years ago

    for the few seconds i thought she was a he

  • SPcamert


     1 years ago

    That is incredible. I tried a borosilicate glass making workshop with my wife a few years ago and it's a lot of fun but to be really accurate requires some incredible skill.