The craft of neon has been around for more than 100 years. While there have been advances in the quality of equipment used to make and operate neon, the basic mechanics have remained the same. Like many hand crafts however, neon has fallen victim to mass production and cheap consumerism. Although it is still made by hand, neon can be produced in factories, in assembly line fashion, where the idea is to get it made as quickly and cheaply as possible. Neon production houses buy their supplies in bulk and employ minimally trained glass benders, allowing them to produce neon signs much cheaper than a traditional neon shop can. Neon signs produced in this manner suffer greatly in their quality and longevity. This neon is often ugly, weak, mercury stained, and may burn out after only a few months. This is the kind of neon that you often see in catalogs and big box stores, where the price is cheap and the designs boring and ordinary.
My neon creations are one-of-a-kind, labor intensive, hand crafted original designs. They are beautiful, luminous works of art that will last for 25 years or more.