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The Process

Every real neon sign is  made by a team of skilled craftspeople, by hand.

While each shop has its own unique style, the process of creating neon signs has remained largely unchanged since its origins in 1920. Colored glass tubes are carefully bent using heat, air, and precise manual skills. A metal electrode is attached at each end of the tube, which is then filled with a variety of harmless noble gases. When an electric current is applied, the gas in the tube becomes excited, producing the iconic luminous glow that is beloved worldwide.

We view neon as an integral part of American cultural identity and are committed to preserving and enhancing its legacy. Rather than allowing this tradition to fade or be poorly imitated, we strive to integrate it seamlessly with modern lighting technology.

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Past Projects
Kyle and Colleen Wedding Neon
Hopfly Charlotte
Mid Bloom Coffee Durham
Private Commission
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Mezcalito Durham
Devil Dog Restoration Zebulon
Playland Cafe
Custom Neon
Raleigh Kudzu
Clock Restoration
Mr. Fishsticks (epic games)
Shamrock Cafe
High Tide Salon
Raccoon Wedding Gift
Eye Heart Tattoo
Best of Raleigh
Wedding Sign
Peach Party
Neon Atom

VISIT US BY APPOINTMENT: 3401 University Ave, Suite 11


Neon Date Night

Neon Date Night is an extraordinary beginner class specifically designed for couples (or best buds) seeking a unique and electrifying experience. You will leave the class with your very own custom neon sign and a whole new appreciation for this endangered glass art form. 

Hex Neon is dedicated to offering Durham and the surrounding areas the most innovative, trend-setting neon designs while also creating a finished product of impeccable quality. Basically we eat sleep and breath REAL neon.

Feel free to drop us a line and ask any questions you may have about your project. 

Shop hours

Southwest Durham

Tuesday - Fri: 10am - 4pm Saturday: noon-4pm 

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