People tend to look in a drawer of trinkets and describe its contents as old junk. To Samuel Sloma, Ohio University student and baller jewelry maker, each piece of this "junk" has a story to tell– a story you can wear around your neck or on your ears. For three years, Sloma has been handcrafting distinct pieces for his line Rust Belt Americana, previously known as ARTifact. Sloma aims to capture the very essence of America in each necklace and pair of earrings he designs. All listings on his copious page contain a charming story about Sam's jewelry-making adventures and discoveries from vintage miniature harmonicas to army patches. Wanting to learn more, a personal interview with Sloma appealed to me more than a slice of apple pie. That’s saying something.
As I entered his room, a record spun round while a single light lit his workspace unintentionally giving off an evil scientist vibe. He explained his lack of light bulbs and whisked away the heavy blanket that covered the natural light from his window. Much better. I set up shop while Sam went to work, grabbing beads and pliers and asking me if I like skulls (of course!)– Sam had recently made a new pair of earrings. Rocking slicked back hair and a very American shirt, he looked eerily similar to the unexplained Zack Morris picture that was sitting in his supply box...
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