Making a Neon Sign By Hand | WIRED

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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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