Silver Spine Pendant

5 years ago 36


I’d noticed that you guys were curious about the Spinal Pendant I wore in my short, glass-engraving video, so I thought that perhaps you’d enjoy knowing more about it. I made it for myself as a one of a kind project, but seeing how it caught your attention, I’m considering making it available to you as well.


The pendant is manufactured from original feline vertebrae and cast in Sterling Silver. The remains of this kitty were found on the side of the road, after it’d been struck by a car, but I’d like to think that a part of it still lives on in this wearable silver sculpture. This is a very sensual piece of jewellery because it’s free-moving. There are 15 joints connecting 16 vertebrae, which makes it very bendable. I’m always playing with it. Stroking it brings an odd comforting sensation that helps me concentrate, kind of like moving a rosary between ones fingers. Or like petting a cat.


I’ve used these bone molds before in a couple of my doll projects, such as the Beetle and the Crow, but this jointing system is more advanced and realistic than my previous attempts. It gives a better range of movement while maintaining perfect alignment. And, to smoothly transition from the pendant to the chain, sculpted a double-bail at the top of the biggest vertebrae in the shape of human pelvis.





36 Responses

  1. That look so cool, and I love the way it curls up!

  2. Jayne Mateljan says:

    This is amazing and soooo needful. I loved the beetle necklace, but I would really, really love one of these. I can see why you play with it, it looks so marvellously tactile ♥♥♥

  3. Myst says:

    ok, now that i know it was from a dead kitty, its not so cool. sorry, that just bothers me.

  4. Kristinayau says:

    when will it be available ?? I can’t wait to get one !!

  5. Irine says:

    It amazes me that an artist will find a beauty in anything, even in the remains of a kitten. Very interesting concept.

  6. Melissa says:

    How wonderful to have made something so beautiful from an event so tragic. This poor little kitty has truly been immortalised. Nothing beats nature for beauty and inspiration!

  7. Glynis says:

    I would be interested to know how much they would be,it would be a nice partner to my enchanted lantern necklace

  8. Phoenix says:

    OMG, I just WANT IT!!!! Please let us know the instant when it is available!!!! It would be a wonderful christmas-gift!!!!

  9. Sonia Anne says:

    Fine piece of jewelry! Always more interesting, when there is a meaning behind it.

  10. Cjoy says:

    Poor kitty…transformed into another beautiful work of art. Yes, I’d like one please!

  11. Merri says:

    This necklace is lovely and as cleverly done as everything you make. But Marina what I’m really curious about is why you’re pointing a scalpel at a resin ED. Do you have to open up the eyes?

  12. Marina says:

    I’m fine tuning the eye lids, Merri to ensure a close fit with glass eyes.

  13. Kas says:

    I thought this necklace was lovely but I’m truly enamored now that I know it’s a cat spine. It’s so sad to think of the poor kitten, though this is something that happens more often than we tend to think of. I’d love to have the necklace and wear it not only to keep me thinking of cats and how I want to help the cats in our world more, but also as a conversation piece about cats. I can get on a bit of a pedestal about cats and helping them!

    I think this is a nice tribute to the kitten, also. You couldn’t have helped it, but now it won’t be forgotten like so many others. Please make some for sale!

  14. Amal says:

    I’ve always wanted a cat… hmmm.

  15. Glynis says:

    Marina, you there !!? Money burning a hole in my pocket lol

  16. Marina says:

    Ok ok ok, I see you guys are serious about this. I wasn’t going to work on reproducing this Spine Pendant until after New Year’s but I see that I need to change gears and put the wheels in motion right away.

    I’m going to take my pendant apart vertebrae by vertebrae and have molds made as soon as possible in hopes of getting at least a dozen pendants out in time for Christmas. I haven’t worked out the price yet, but this pendant is the heaviest one I ever made… I’ll post the price details once I work out my production costs.

    There’s already a wait list accumulating for this pendant, so if you want it in time for Christmas, email Chad right away and get your name in line ASAP.

  17. Glynis says:

    Sent my details to Hope that’s ok? Excited now!!

  18. Jayne Wourms says:

    Are you planning on doing a shoe order any time soon?

  19. Sonia Anne says:

    I was wondering the same thing as Jayne says. I would love a silver pair of shoes. Sure hope Marina will be able to make some shoes.

  20. Sylvia says:

    I would love this reimagined to wear on the wrist. I have been searching for a long time for a meaningful instincively fitting piece to put on my wrist. Thinking, living jewellery with the free-moving attribute preserved as much as possible for people like me, who always need to be somewhat in motion to think ( and create).

    I am in love with this spine. ( entry to the list of “things that I never thought I would say or write” ;D)

  21. Linda says:

    Oh yes, shoe order pleeeeaaassse!

  22. sarah says:

    I seriously love it- I do hope you make it available!

  23. Curious says:

    It is an interesting piece and a poignant memorial. But I have to wonder. Who removed and cleaned the bones to get them ready for making their molds?

  24. Loni says:

    I’d definitely be interested in buying if you were selling these. Let me know if you do. Beautiful.

  25. Sandy says:

    I will be a buyer as well
    Thank you

  26. Jenn says:

    I think your necklace is beautiful. I was wondering what your goggles are for? Are they magnifying? :)

  27. Beth says:

    This is so unique! Would love to own one

  28. Kate says:

    Any chance you’ll be making the pendant available for purchase again? The piece itself and the story behind it is lovely and thought provoking and really rather meditative. I would very much like to purchase one for myself and one for a skeletal loving friend.

  29. Carla Sousa says:

    I love this necklace! <3
    Is it still available?
    And if so, how much it cost?

  30. Maire says:

    Hello Marina! I cannot find information on acquiring one of these, any possibility of you still creating them?

    I love your work so much!

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