Tanith

Guitar String, Steampunk & Found Object Jewelry

California, United States · 2182 Sales

Tanith

Guitar String, Steampunk & Found Object Jewelry

California, United States 2182 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   My jewelry has been featured in Elle magazine, Vogue Italia's website, Old Tat magazine, and the book Retrash by Nathan Devine.
I specialize in handmade guitar string jewelry, bass guitar string jewelry, steampunk jewelry, paper bead jewelry, and found object jewelry. Wholesale inquiries welcome. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
My other shop for handmade and vintage jewelry and craft supplies: http://www.Tanithsoddsandends.etsy.com
I consider myself to be an urban archaeologist, uncovering the treasures in other peoples refuse. I enjoy both the hunt for materials for my jewelry, and the disassembling of the items once I have found them.
I began working with guitar string for purely aesthetic reasons. I am always working with wire in my jewelry, and certainly one of the defining aspects of my style has always been my extensive use of twisted and coiled wire. One day I looked at a wound guitar string and saw the ideal wire for my jewelry.
But more important than the dictates of my personal artistic vision is the recognition that this is jewelry. It is made for someone to wear and enjoy. Quite simply, it must look cool.
For example, Swarovski crystals are very popular among jewelry designers; however, they simply have no place in my jewelry. I find them to be ugly. And they are ugly, especially in comparison to the capacitors, vacuum tubes, guitar strings, or salvaged hardware bits that will make the piece look stunning.
All of my guitar and bass string jewelry is made from previously played guitar strings. Some guitar strings may have some discoloration, but I feel this adds to the character of the pieces. Since most guitar strings are made up of more than one metal, for example steel and nickel, they are not able to be recycled. Unless the guitar strings are given a new use they will just end up in the trash, which makes my guitar string jewelry eco-friendly as well as being beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry.

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Last updated on Apr 1, 2016

My jewelry has been featured in Elle magazine, Vogue Italia's website, Old Tat magazine, and the book Retrash by Nathan Devine.
I specialize in handmade guitar string jewelry, bass guitar string jewelry, steampunk jewelry, paper bead jewelry, and found object jewelry. Wholesale inquiries welcome. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
My other shop for handmade and vintage jewelry and craft supplies: http://www.Tanithsoddsandends.etsy.com
I consider myself to be an urban archaeologist, uncovering the treasures in other peoples refuse. I enjoy both the hunt for materials for my jewelry, and the disassembling of the items once I have found them.
I began working with guitar string for purely aesthetic reasons. I am always working with wire in my jewelry, and certainly one of the defining aspects of my style has always been my extensive use of twisted and coiled wire. One day I looked at a wound guitar string and saw the ideal wire for my jewelry.
But more important than the dictates of my personal artistic vision is the recognition that this is jewelry. It is made for someone to wear and enjoy. Quite simply, it must look cool.
For example, Swarovski crystals are very popular among jewelry designers; however, they simply have no place in my jewelry. I find them to be ugly. And they are ugly, especially in comparison to the capacitors, vacuum tubes, guitar strings, or salvaged hardware bits that will make the piece look stunning.
All of my guitar and bass string jewelry is made from previously played guitar strings. Some guitar strings may have some discoloration, but I feel this adds to the character of the pieces. Since most guitar strings are made up of more than one metal, for example steel and nickel, they are not able to be recycled. Unless the guitar strings are given a new use they will just end up in the trash, which makes my guitar string jewelry eco-friendly as well as being beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry.

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These earrings will be amongst the jewelry I will be vending this Saturday night at Club Gossip's 11 year anniversary party at the Cat Club, 1190 Folsom street, San Francisco, from 9pm - 2am.

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Handmade Guitar String, Steampunk & Found Object Jewelry

I create jewelry made from found objects, and what I like to call “junk art assemblage.” I make jewelry out of previously played guitar strings, broken clocks and electronics, old paper, salvaged hardware, game pieces, light bulbs, and whatever else I come across that I think would look great as a piece of jewelry.

When I was in junior high I went to an all ages punk show where a girl approached me and asked if I would buy her bracelet for a dollar so she could get a soda. Her bracelet was made entirely out of old hardware (nuts, washers, O-rings, etc.) which were strung onto an old shoe lace. I fell in love with it, bought it, and wore it until the shoelace broke. I used the hardware to start making my own pieces of jewelry, and over 20 years later I still love making jewelry out of trash. I started making jewelry from guitar strings over a decade ago. One day I looked at a wound guitar string and saw the ideal material for making coiled wire jewelry.

I find my materials at thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales, and flea markets. I also find my supplies on the street, and I have a lot of people who are supportive of my art and collect things for me. I try to support independently owned and local shops when looking for materials and supplies. I rarely buy any of my found objects in bulk from wholesalers. Almost all of my clock gears, typewriter keys, resistors, etc. are salvaged and cleaned up by me after spending sometimes hours disassembling old rusty and corroded devices.

My jewelry has been featured in the March 2014 issue of Elle magazine, the autumn 2013 issue of Jewelry Affaire magazine, is in the book "Retrash" by Nathan Devine, and has been on numerous websites including Vogue Italia.

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  • Tanith Rohe

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a S.F. bay area artist who loves to find the beauty in the unexpected. I consider myself to be an urban archaeologist, uncovering the treasures in other peoples refuse.

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Last updated on Apr 2, 2016
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Wholesale availability

Consignment and wholesale inquiries welcome.

Custom and personalized orders

Custom work is available.
If you see an item that you would like in a different size or color, I will make it for you if I have the materials available. Custom work may have additional costs involved.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All of my jewelry is sent wrapped in tissue paper inside small kraft paper jewelry boxes. If your order is for a gift I can include a hand written message from you.