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Maker Faire 2009: Peterson Neon Answered

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.


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westfw (author)2009-06-06

Neat stuff. The burner has 5 torches on one side and one on the other. Geek that I am, I took a picture of that too...

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Weissensteinburg (author)2009-06-04

That's awesome! What is she using for a heat source? It looks like a sold flame going from one side of the stand to the other...or is that just an illusion of the video. Do they normally make those by hand? I always figured it was a machine.

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It looks like a set of manifold of gas burners that are aimed at each other. Don't know what kind of gas is used but at least she was set up by the firehose.

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