THE NEON TUBES
Neon and argon are gases that occur naturally in the air we breathe.
Neon in a glass tube burns bright orange red. Our process gives us two
levels of brightness for argon: one is a very subtle lavender that gives
our glass tubes a warm subtle glow; and a brighter more vibrantglow
that brings out the full brightness of the glass and fluorescent
powders. This second process has a much better chance of competing
with sunlight in a room, than does the first process.
Neon glass: the deep rich glass colors we use are manufactured on the
island of Murano, off of Italy. We are privileged to have this
recent development and have available many colors heretofore
unattainable. The clear glass is mostly USA made, and used as clear or
the inside is coated with fluorescent powers.
Fused on colors: I add colored glass stringers and other shapes to the
outside surface of many of the glass
Much experimentation and development have allowed me to find other types
of stained glass that work with our “neon glass”, and I have tried to
perfect methods of application. Wonderful effects are possible
when used with bubbles and other shapes.
addition to the glow from the noble gas in our tubes, much of the light
is a result of fluorescent powders on the inside surface of the tubes.
These powders are finely ground and refined minerals, (rocks); they
react to the energized gas by their glow.
New developments have recently made possible more and brighter colors.
Longevity of neon tubes: the oldest “neon” tubes I have seen pictures of
were made for Queen Victoria in the 1890’s, and they still work.
Of course they have not been lit the whole time. Well-made neon
lasts a long time.