Hard core KFC fans have come up with the perfect way to pay homage to their favorite fast food brand – by wearing gold plated KFC bones as jewelry. The idea sounds rather primitive, but I suppose the gold plating does reduce the barbaric effect to some extent.
‘Kentucky Fried Chicken Bone Gold Necklaces’, are made of only two ingredients – real KFC bones and real 14 karat gold. They come in two sizes – small and large. The necklaces are the brainchild of Kentucky for Kentucky, a group of people with the mission to ‘engage and inform the world by promoting Kentucky people, places and products.’
Their official website states: “We’re excited to introduce a brand spanking new Kentucky invention. An invention so kick-ass, it will change the jewelery game forever. We’ve taken one great Kentucky invention and turned it into a completely new Kentucky invention. Like Willy Wonka’s Everlasting Gobstopper, we’ve figured out a way to make it possible to savor a single piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken forever. Forever and ever. We all win.”
To create the bizarre jewelry line, the folks at Kentucky for Kentucky got in touch with jewelry designer Meg C (from Kentucky, of course). Meg made the first batch of necklaces from the remains of the 25 chicken wings that she devoured with her boyfriend one night. After they were done eating, she cleaned the bones with soap and water and dried them in the ‘fresh Kentucky air and sunshine’.
Meg sealed the clean, dry bones with varnish, and then painted them with a graphite conductive paint so that the copper would stick to them during the electroforming process. “After they are painted with varnish and graphite conductive paint, they have to be copper electroformed – a process of coating them with a thick layer of copper, which takes about 3 to 4 hours per bone,” she explained.
“Once they are completely covered in copper, they can then be gold electroplated.” It took a week of experimentation for Meg to actually perfect the plating process, and a month to create 20 necklaces from scratch. These are the only limited edition pieces available for now; sales began on Friday, June 27. The ‘small gold plated chicken wang necklace’ will set you back $130, while the large ones cost $160.
Meg had a few style pointers to share as well: “You can rock your chicken bone with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt or your little black dress. That’s the great thing about gold, it makes any outfit look fabulous. And don’t chicken bones just go with everything?”
The necklaces aren’t the first of Kentucky for Kentucky’s hare-brained schemes. In the past, they’ve tried to market KFC-scented candles – to experience the delectable aroma of fried chicken, without the actual chicken.