Maker Faire 2009: Peterson Neon
The first year at Maker Faire (2006) the Instructables/Squid Labs booth was just across from Peterson Neon
. (She also works near our old Emeryville digs.) It was incredible watching Shawna Peterson bend neon tubing for signs - lots of fire, slow careful movements that carefully bend the glass to match the angles of her templates, and the occasional puff of air to re-expand a bit of tubing that has softened and constricted at a bend point. The sign is worked from the back, so the front looks properly flat and legible.
Check out the video Bilal
took to see how it's done.