Snake Vertebrae Pendant

While at the Bone Room I spotted a jar of mixed python vertebrae. I was amazed by how they naturally fell together into patterns. I decided to make some jewelry that showed off that elegant linkage.

The process to make these was fairly straightforward. I cast a vertebra in silicone and made wax duplicates. I tweaked the castings to dial in on a link that had a nice tight fit without scratching against its partner. I then cast the modified vertebra in silicone. When I’d cast and cleaned a dozen or so waxes from this final mold, I turned the pieces over to JR Casting to produce bronze copies. Despite being a copy of a copy, the bronze picked up the texture of the original bone. I love the way this pendant came out.