Just because you’re a walking corpse doesn’t mean you can’t deck out your rotting body parts with fine, beautiful jewelry. Slight Jewelry has answered your zombie jewelry needs with a Braaains collection featuring undead heads and zombie apocalypse weapons made from gold, silver and brass.
I know they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’d rather be besties with a black diamond stuffed in a golden zombie’s mouth.
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Interview with Amanda of Slight Jewelry
GGG: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Amanda: I grew up in sunny Tucson, Arizona, the home of the Gem and Mineral Show. I was what my teacher called a “rock hound,” I sure did love those geodes. As a kid, I wasn’t an ugly duckling, I just had ” interesting features.” One of which has dictated a nickname that I embrace to this day: Fangs. I am missing two teeth where my canines meet so I literally have two fangs. Although the goth boys loved them, I was very self-conscious about them for a very long time. I was constantly asked, “Do you sharpen your teeth?” Anyway, fast forward past puberty and college, I ventured to Colorado where I finally learned to love my fangs. I lived there for 5 years though the wacky weather and countless serving jobs. I wanted to work in fashion and knew Denver wasn’t the place to fulfill that dream. With the support of my older twin sisters, I made the leap to New York City about a year and a half ago. It was extremely difficult at first but I had a vision: Make something as unique as my teeth, and I think have succeeded in that!
How long have you been making jewelry?
A little over two years but I’ve been sketching ideas for a decade.
If you exclude reading every Steven King book before I had any idea what it was about, I would say that I have always loved “Evil Dead” and the campy yet endearing horror movies of the 70s and 80. Although, I like to mix in some scary ones here and there. The movie “Alien” is the best sci-fi horror film of all time – such incredible set design and makeup! And the zombies, how can I forget about the zombies? For humor’s sake, I choose “Shaun of the Dead” and on the other end of the spectrum “Resident Evil” Because who doesn’t love Mila Jovovich?
What’s Slight Jewelry’s origin story?
I worked for a fine jewelry designer for over a year and it was quite the eye opening experience. There wasn’t anything out there for my personality so I decided to make it myself. I wanted to make jewelry that I liked and that I hadn’t seen anywhere else. The Zombie Collection is my first collection and I will continue to add to it. It’s my zombie baby. :)
Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?
I absolutely love the clown zombie cufflinks, so dear to my heart. And the mix and match zombie earrings with the zombie weapon of choice.
Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?
3D printing- a lot of my pieces are 3D printed and then cast in silver and gold. It’s incredible to have a plastic iteration that I can print right before my very eyes! It also gives the jewelry some great texture and depth.
It would have to be a machine gun with a bayonet mounting, double trouble. If the zombie apocalypse struck, and I didn’t own a bayonet-mount machine gun, I would use the hand painted zombie axe I bought my boyfriend for his birthday. Sharing is caring.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
This is a toughy. I have an amazing HR Giger book that I can’t live without. And if I only brought a video game, movie, or TV show, I wouldn’t have anything to play them on! But if I could bring two items (and this island had a TV), I would bring my first version Atari and the game, Pitfall. So many memories with that game!
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