We offer several types of mounting and display options for your pieces. We can attach units directly to various materials (wooden panels, acrylic, mirror, etc) or place them directly onto a wall. They can also be mounted inside of a clear box, or have a glass frame built around them. Several methods of mounting also allow us to hide the power supplies from view, leaving the electrical component of your piece minimal and clean if desired.
The neon is placed in between transparent sheets of polished acrylic with a heavy base that allows you to stand the unit on a table or shelf for display, this method also hides the power supply.
Wooden Panel (for Kate Hush)
Units are mounted directly to the front side of a lipped wooden panel. All wiring and power supplies are hidden behind the piece, leaving the power cord as the only exposed electrical component.
Dead Frame (for Pembley Salon)
A frame made up of clear glass tubing is bent to mimic the shape of the existing unit (or bent as a simple rectangle around it) and is attached to the piece using clear support bars and silicone. This is for when you'd like your neon to be hanging instead of directly attached to a surface. The frame allows you to suspend the unit from thin wire which can then be attached to a ceiling, pegs or screws in a wall, or from the top of a window frame, etc.
This involves the same mechanics of a dead frame, except this frame (seen in blue) is a part of the original design.
Acrylic Backing (for Lori Shabtai)
In this method the neon units are mounted to a sheet of polished acrylic which can then be hung from a wall. Colored or opaque acrylics such as black are used to visually frame the neon, (similar to the mat board in a picture frame) and to capture the reflection of the neon placed on top of it, creating even more of a glow. With opaque acrylic you also have the benefit of hiding the electrical components as all wires and power supplies can be hidden behind the plastic. Clear acrylic can also be used to group multiple neon units into one piece. This backing appears virtually invisible, and this method allows for easier movement of a piece as opposed to detaching separate units that have been mounted directly to a wall.
Directly on the wall
The neon in this image is mounted directly to the wall (it can be drywall, brick, concrete, etc). To do this, tube supports that hold onto the glass units are first drilled into the wall's surface and then the neon is placed into the supports and wired in.
With outdoor signs we can create neon that is mounted to a metal housing which is then suspended from the side of a building. For a sign like this you will need to keep a few things in mind: it can't extend from the building beyond 18 inches, it has to be housed in a metal frame, and an illuminated sign permit is required.
Mirror Backing (for Smoke X Mirrors)
This style of mounting is very similar to using colored acrylic, it creates an extra glow but with an even sharper reflection of your neon units. The attachment of the neon to the mirror is also an aesthetic bonus as you use glass rods that bring a slick feel to the entire piece.
Fine Art Restoration
One of the advantages of Precision Neon is that we're housed in the same building as the neon tube manufacturing company Ablon Technologies. With access to a large stock of various tube colors and sizes we are the most time efficient choice to restore, re-fabricate, and match glass colors for existing pieces. We have reworked and repaired works for art world giants Sotheby's, and Christie's, as well as artists such as Mary Weatherford, Maurizio Nannucci, Blair Thurman, and Doug Aitken.
Doug Aitken for Christie's (photo courtesy of Christie's)
At Precision Neon all of our projects are fabricated using American made neon tubing from Ablon Technologies, including a range of specialized artist and interior designer driven colors exclusive to the manufacturer.