We are proud to celebrate Sam, our resident neon glass bender, this month. Sam has been with us at Neon Creations for 10 years. Sam, who works in a male-dominated industry, has made great neon art creations that she is proud to be able to boast about. She was recently featured in The Sunday Telegraph, where she showcased some of her amazing work. You can see her work below.
Sam works behind the scenes most of the time so we decided to shine a spotlight on her and allow her to talk about Neon Creations, her work with neon art, and more. Sam might have great information for anyone who is interested in working with neon or even becoming a neon glass bender.
Q: How did you first discover neon glass bending?
A: Neon was my first discovery when my mom brought me a newspaper with a Neon Creations Job Advertisement. After I decided to apply for the job I researched Neon Creations and Neon Creations.
Q: What attracted you to this career path and why?
A: I don’t believe anything attracted me to glass bending. I didn’t set out to be one. I just kind of fell into it. The job was offered to me because my current job was ending. I only applied after I had worked for Neon Creations and learned more about neon.
Q: How did you learn the skill of neon-glass bending? How long did it take you?
A: I was Tony’s apprentice. The idea was to teach me how to be a glass bender. Although I did some online research and learned some skills from Terry (my colleague), most of my knowledge and skills came from Tony. Visit Custom Neon Signs UK to get your own Custom Neon Signs now. It took me approximately four years to get my first customer job. I should also mention that I was part-time and had other responsibilities when I started, so I didn’t spend four years sitting at the desk. I needed to find time to bend glass if I wanted to do so.
Q: How does a typical working day at Neon Creations look to you?
A: What is a typical day like at Neon Creations? Every day is different. I do everything, from the assembly of signs to wrapping, and dispatch. My weekly routine is more structured. Monday and Tuesday are spent at the bench bending signs due for delivery that week. Wednesday and Thursday are spent painting and assembling the signs. There’s usually a lot of coffee involved. Fridays are great days. Tony and I usually have projects that we are working on. Fridays can include Tony and me creating new ideas, glass bending, and trying out some weird and wonderful techniques like acrylic pouring and woodworking. Tony also offers local sign installation. I often assist Tony with this. I love it because it keeps me out of my workshop and allows me to see the reactions of our customers to our work.
Q: Do you have any pieces that you are proudest of in the past 10 years?
A blue shark was one of my first pieces. I was on vacation with Tony so I was not able to help him. It’s still hanging in the workshop. A few of the art pieces in the workshop are my creations, which I am proud of.
Q: What are you most proud of about your job?
A: The variety of my work is what I love most. It is a challenge every day. Every hour, minute, and every second is new. This is what I love. Working to the wire is something I enjoy, as we don’t like glass lying around in our workshop. This means we work up until the hour before the courier arrives. When the courier arrives, I feel energized.
Q: What do you most love about Neon Creations after 10 years?
A: Neon Creations is a family-run business that I love. We all know each other well after 10 years and get along great. Our working days are made easier by the fact that we often have a lot of fun and banter. Click Here Now to know more about Custom Neon Signs. It is also a great feeling to hear customer feedback on our work. This makes all the stressful days and late nights worth it.
Q: What advice would you give to young girls who are considering a similar career to yours?
A: It’s going to be hard work, but it will pay off in the end. To improve themselves, they must put in the effort and push themselves to the limit every day. It’s not enough to just sit back and say that this will work. You should strive to be more than your competitors but, even more important, you should aim to be better than the day before.
Q: What is one fact that others might not know about neon glass bending?
A: I was stunned when I discovered that all neon sections are air-tight. This was something I didn’t know, but I was shocked to learn. The seal must be airtight when an electrode is joined to glass. Even today, I’m shocked to discover that I can make glass airtight using a hand lamp and blowing into it. This is how I did it!
Q: Which other skills are necessary to become a successful neon glass bender?”
A: Being a glass bender can be difficult. You must be meticulous, methodical, and have an eye for detail. My journey to becoming the glass bender that I am has been made through blood, sweat, and tears. Every single misstep and burn has taught me something. It is important to be patient and determined, but not give up on the best. In the first few years of your career, resilience is a great attribute. To stand out in the crowd, you will need to have a creative streak and passion for your work.
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