Before the existence of neon lights, the only way for a business to brighten their sign was to lather it in life essence extracted from a lightning bug. Get glowing with today's Groupon: for $95, you get a two-hour glass-bending class at Custom Neon in Poulsbo (a $195 value).
The light-bending artists at Custom Neon train students in the art of curving, angling, and setting tubes aglow at their Poulsbo studio. During a two-hour glass-bending class, students glean all the basic information and skills necessary to create a radiating fixture masterpiece. The luminous course begins with an overview of the process, where pupils learn important safety basics such as never using neon light as a substitute for highlighter ink. Students then heat 4-foot sections of tubing into different shapes, using a ribbon burner to mold soft bends while employing a crossfire to garner more angular lines. Disciples who are comfortable with the materials and process can inject their creations with a neon or argon gas in one of two colors. Additionally, neon creators have the option of getting their pieces mounted and ready to hang for an additional fee. Those who wish to return to hone their phosphorescence-finessing skills will receive 25% off a future one-on-one session taught by a human-sized game of Simon.