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6 Original Cthulhu, Miskatonic, & Yellow Sign designs as deluxe lapel pins, to signal your cultist pride in the foremost Great Old One.
6 Original Cthulhu, Miskatonic, & Yellow Sign designs as deluxe lapel pins, to signal your cultist pride in the foremost Great Old One.
6 Original Cthulhu, Miskatonic, & Yellow Sign designs as deluxe lapel pins, to signal your cultist pride in the foremost Great Old One.
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Cthulhu Mythos Lovecraft 3D Metal & Enamel Pin Collection

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Cthulhu Lapel Pins

Our love of creating wearable Cthulhu things started 16 years ago with our iconic Cthulhu Knot t-shirt design, then evolved to home decor with our Mythos Holiday Ornaments, and has lead us here on the next logical stop in Lovecraft fandom, Lapel Pins!

Just in time for the Holidays, we have taken 4 of our Cthulhu designs, plus a new Miskatonic University design and the true Yellow Sign, and adapted them to lapel pins with three dimensional features and soft enamel color accents. Most lapel pin Kickstarters that we have seen are for inexpensive soft or hard enamel pins with a flat surface finish, but we prefer the sophisticated look of shiny, stamped metal. Our designs are created to make the most of the sculptural look that 3D die struck metal can give. The process to give these a sculpted look requires more design work and a different process for making them, but it's worth the extra effort and cost. The end result is a classy piece of jewelry that looks just as good as a tie tack or on a suit jacket as on a jean jacket, vest, or hat!

You can pledge for single pins, multiple pins in various combinations, or spring for a Deluxe set of 4 (just the core Cthulhu pins), 5 (4 Cthulhu pins PLUS Miskatonic pin), or 6 (4 Cthulhu, Miskatonic, & Yellow Sign) lapel pins,  packed in a beautiful custom made velvet jewelry box - perfect for storing your pins or for giving as a gift! For the serious Mythos Collector, we created a special reward level that includes a selection of the few remaining exclusive lapel pins from past H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival campaigns.

NEW! Both stretch goal lapel pins are now UNLOCKED! You can pledge for the Miskatonic University Silver Key Society lapel pin and the true Yellow Sign lapel pin individually, or get all 6 lapel pins in the Complete Mythos Sextet level.

Whether you're pledging for your own collection of pins, or to give as Cthulhumas Gifts, single and multi pin sets will be packed in a sturdy chipboard gift box. These are just the mockups, to show the 3D metal elements and soft enamel color accents. The actual pins will look far better! (scroll down for examples)

1. Celtic Cthulhu Knot, 2. Weave Cthulhu, 3. Deco Cthulhu, 4. Nautilus Cthulhu, 5. MU Silver Key Society, 6. true Yellow Sign (these are mockups only - the actual pins will be shiny metal and will look waaay better!)
1. Celtic Cthulhu Knot, 2. Weave Cthulhu, 3. Deco Cthulhu, 4. Nautilus Cthulhu, 5. MU Silver Key Society, 6. true Yellow Sign (these are mockups only - the actual pins will be shiny metal and will look waaay better!)

1. The Classic: Celtic Cthulhu Knotwork

One of the very first designs we ever made, the Celtic Cthulhu Knot was the start of a long tradition of imagining Cthulhu as he might have been depicted in other ancient cultures. The head and tentacles are three dimensional, in an antique silver finish accented with a translucent green soft enamel. You can almost hear the Druidic chants to Cthulhu... 1" round diameter with off center post and butterfly clasp.

2. The Ancient: Greek Weave Cthulhu

The Weave Cthulhu in one of our newer designs, done in the tradition of Minoan snake goddesses and Octopus jugs. In the Mediterranean, sea life was a prominent feature in ancient art, and an Octopus headed god isn't too much of a stretch! This pin will be done in an antique gold finish with red translucent soft enamel. 1" round diameter with off center post and butterfly clasp.

3. The Roaring 20s: Art Deco Cthulhu

Evocative of the Empire State building or the Chrysler building, this Art Deco style Cthulhu is beautifully rendered in three dimensional antique copper. No enamel accents on this one, the warm copper tones need no further embellishments. 1" diameter with off center post and butterfly clasp. 

4. The Ancient Cephalopod: Nautilus Cthulhu

Cephalopods belong to a very ancient group of the Mollusca phylum, and it's not hard to see how a sleeping Cthulhu, curled up in R'lyeh could resemble a giant Nautilus. Our newest Cthulhu design, reminiscent of a medieval shield medallion, is based on our many chambered friend from the deep. The final in our series of core lapel pins has 3D sculpted features in an antique silver finish, accented with blue soft enamel. 1" round diameter with off center post and butterfly clasp.

5. $7500 UNLOCKED! Miskatonic University (Deluxe)

We'll now be producing a fifth lapel pin, a deluxe Miskatonic University "Silver Key" secret society pin, dual-plated in silver and gold. Dual plating is an especially intricate process, but it will give this pin a completely unique and extra eye-catching look. One MU pin is now automatically included at the $130 Octopoid Octet level and above, for a total of 9 pins.

Henry Armitage created the invite-only "Silver Key" society at Miskatonic University early in 1929, after the nearly-apocalyptic events in rural Dunwich. In forming this society, Armitage acknowledged that comprehension of cosmic truth is dangerous, but that a brave few must immerse themselves in such sanity-shattering knowledge in order to anticipate and organize against the threats posed by the Great Old Ones and their depraved human cultists. Will you join, and learn the mysteries of the order, including the meaning of "751"?

6. $10,000 UNLOCKED! The Yellow Sign (Deluxe)

We will be producing our final pin, the true Yellow Sign brooch. Most of us are familiar with the famous image of the Yellow Sign, designed by Kevin Ross for Chaosium's The Call of Cthulhu RPG. It's a beloved symbol to us, however, it is no more the actual Yellow Sign than any other attempts to depict it (and according to Ross, Chaosium even printed the sign incorrectly, upside down and backward, so it's even further removed from its intended appearance). In Chambers's story "The Yellow Sign," the author describes it as a symbol or letter evocative of a foreign script like Arabic or Chinese, while being neither. 

We spent many dozens of hours researching multiple languages, their letter forms and pictography, and returned to the hinted details in Chambers's works, as well as risking our own well-being with a detailed exploration of a rare French copy of the original The King in Yellow play (including illuminating marginal notes by an unknown and seemingly unfortunate previous researcher), on which Chambers based his fiction. With this tedious research came glorious results, and we're able to present, for the first time, this replica of the true Yellow Sign. 

If you obtain this deluxe 1.5" pin, it will be presented to you in the original form that model Tessie Reardon gifted it to her artist friend Mr. Scott:

...with a radiant smile she ran behind the screen and presently reappeared with a little box on which was written my name.... I opened the box. On the pink cotton inside lay a clasp of black onyx, on which was inlaid a curious symbol or letter in gold. It was neither Arabic nor Chinese, nor, as I found afterwards, did it belong to any human script. (Chambers, "The Yellow Sign", 1895)

This will all be yours: a separate box bearing your name, containing a bed of pink cotton, on which rests the beautiful black and gold clasp bearing the dreaded true Yellow Sign. Dare you obtain this infamous piece of jewelry? Dare you open the box?

Die-struck metal finishes

To give you an idea of how gorgeous these pins will be, here are some examples of 3D die struck metal pins with soft enamel accents that we have created and produced for the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival®. These are actual photos to give you a better idea of how our mockups will translate to the real deal. Instead of cartoony colored enamel, these pins are classy metallic finishes, making them fine jewelry that you can wear (subversively) to work or special events, while only raising the eyebrows of the select few who know what Cthulhu is all about!

Metallic finish examples from previous projects. TOP ROW L to R: Antique gold w/translucent red, Antique copper, Shiny Gold with black enamel, Antique silver w/shiny gold accents. BOTTOM ROW: Antique gold & Antique copper on jacket lapels.
Metallic finish examples from previous projects. TOP ROW L to R: Antique gold w/translucent red, Antique copper, Shiny Gold with black enamel, Antique silver w/shiny gold accents. BOTTOM ROW: Antique gold & Antique copper on jacket lapels.

Collector Sets

We created 2 Ultra Deluxe sets for the serious fan:

The Mythos Collector includes two sets of the 4 core pins in the deluxe velvet jewelry box, PLUS 3 of the lapel pins from our past H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival campaigns. You'll receive The Masque of Cthulhu pin, Cthulhu Dragon pin, and the Seal of Nyarlathotep pin. These were Kickstarter exclusives, and can't be found anywhere else. There are only 5 of these sets available.

The Yithian Swap includes two sets of the 4 core pins in the deluxe velvet jewelry box, PLUS 5 of the lapel pins from our past H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival campaigns (shown below). You'll receive the Seal of Yog-Sothoth from our first HPLFF campaign, The Masque of Cthulhu pin, the Cthulhu Dragon pin, the Seal of Nyarlathotep pin, and the 20th anniversary Miskatonic Explorers Club pin. These are Kickstarter exclusives, and can't be found anywhere else. There are only 5 of these sets available.

Previous HPLFF Lapel pins: (top left) The Masque of Cthulhu 2016, (top right) Dragon Cthulhu 2017, (middle) Seal of Yog-Sothoth 2013, (bottom left) Seal of Nyarlathotep 2014, (bottom right) Miskatonic University Explorers Club 2015
Previous HPLFF Lapel pins: (top left) The Masque of Cthulhu 2016, (top right) Dragon Cthulhu 2017, (middle) Seal of Yog-Sothoth 2013, (bottom left) Seal of Nyarlathotep 2014, (bottom right) Miskatonic University Explorers Club 2015

Stretch Goal

We have unlocked both of the non-Cthulhu lapel pins and they are available for pledge in their own levels, in a complete set, and for add-on. That represents all of our planned Stretch Goals, and with less than a week left in the campaign that's probably okay. However, if we reach higher levels, we'll be able to optimize the production by making higher quantities of each of our six pins. So, if we're able to get up to the $15,000 level before this coming weekend, we do have a few things hidden up our sleeve (perhaps you'd like a Dreamlands critter on your lapel?). We'll only get there, though, if you tell all your friends about the campaign, so please share our campaign on social media, and in any groups you belong to that would appreciate some Cthulhu Mythos lapel pins!  

Add-On Core Lapel Pins

In the US:
Add 1 pin: Increase your pledge $17
Add 2 pins: Increase your pledge $34
Add 3 pins: Increase your pledge $51
Add a Deluxe Set of 4: Increase your pledge $68

In Canada:
Add 1 pin: Increase your pledge $17
Add 2 pins: Increase your pledge $34
Add 3 pins: Increase your pledge $51
Add a Deluxe Set of 4: Increase your pledge $71

Everywhere else:
Add 1 pin: Increase your pledge $17
Add 2 pins: Increase your pledge $34
Add 3 pins: Increase your pledge $51
Add a Deluxe Set of 4: Increase your pledge $74

*Prices include additional shipping.

Add-On MU Silver Key or Yellow Sign Lapel Pins

Everywhere:
Add 1 pin: Increase your pledge $20 (add $3 for additional shipping if you're pledged at Quartet level or higher)
Add 2 pins: Increase your pledge $40 (add $3 for additional shipping if you're pledged at Quartet level or higher)

If it's not covered here, please message us and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Shipping Target

We are ending our campaign with enough time to produce the lapel pins, get them in hand, pack them in boxes, and ship them out in time for US Delivery by December 24th. If you are outside the US, depending on where you are in relation to Portland, OR, your package may still reach you by the 24th, but we can't promise that it will.

Risks and challenges

We have successfully completed 3 previous Kickstarter campaigns as Arkham Bazaar as well as 7 campaigns for the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon. We are well versed in the process from start to finish. Our core business is mail order, so we've already got the workflow down! The designs are ready to go, and all that is left do is place the order, collect your survey, and mail you your gorgeous pins! The only speed bump would be if there were a delay in the manufacturing process, and we would update you as soon as we had information.

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    Celtic Knot Cthulhu Lapel Pin

    1 lapel pin in 3D Antique Silver accented with translucent green soft enamel, featuring Cthulhu's octopoid head at the center of a woven Celtic knot.

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    Weave Cthulhu Lapel Pin

    1 lapel pin in 3D Antique Gold, accented with translucent red soft enamel, featuring Cthulhu in a snake-like weave.

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    Art Deco Cthulhu Lapel Pin

    1 lapel pin in 3D Antique Copper, featuring an Art Deco-style Cthulhu with wings.

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    Nautilus Cthulhu Lapel Pin

    1 lapel pin in 3D Antique Silver with blue soft enamel accents, depicting Cthulhu in a nautilus-like shape.

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    Miskatonic U "Silver Key" society pin

    This NEW, ultra luxe lapel pin is dual-plated in silver and gold. It is the symbol of the invite-only Silver Key society created by Henry Armitage in 1929. (not part of the 4 core lapel pins)

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    The true Yellow Sign lapel pin

    1 lapel pin in gold and black, depicting the Yellow Sign as described in "The King In Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers. Comes in its own gift box.

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    Twin Blasphemies

    Your choice of any 2 of the 4 core lapel pins.

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    Triple Threat

    Your choice of 3 of the 4 core pins, in a gift box.

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    Cthulhu Quartet

    1 each of the 4 core Lapel Pins in a Deluxe velvet gift box.

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    • Celtic Knot Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & green)
    • Weave Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Gold & red)
    • Art Deco Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Copper)
    • Nautilus Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & blue)
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    Chthonic Quintet

    This NEW level incorporates the unlocked Miskatonic Univeristy "Silver Key" secret
    society pin with the 4 core lapel pins. Comes securely packed in the deluxe velvet gift box.

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    • Celtic Knot Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & green)
    • Weave Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Gold & red)
    • Art Deco Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Copper)
    • Nautilus Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & blue)
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    Complete Mythos Sextet

    This level contains All 6 Lapel pins! Everything in the Chthonic Quintet (all 4 core Cthulhu pins and the MU Silver Key Society lapel pin) PLUS the true Yellow Sign lapel pin in its own gift box.

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    • Celtic Knot Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & green)
    • Art Deco Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Copper)
    • Weave Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Gold & red)
    • Nautilus Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & blue)
    • Miskatonic U "Silver Key" secret society pin (silver & gold)
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    Octopoid Octet

    2 sets of the core Lapel Pins. Each set of 4 comes in its own gift box.

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    • Celtic Knot Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & green)
    • Weave Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Gold & red)
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    Double Quintet

    Two sets of the 4 core lapel pins plus 2 of the Miskatonic U "Silver Key" secret society pins. Each set of 5 is packed in a deluxe velvet gift box. (10 pins total)

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    • Celtic Knot Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & green)
    • Weave Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Gold & red)
    • Art Deco Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Copper)
    • Nautilus Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & blue)
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    Mythos Collector

    For the hardcore Mythos Fan! This level includes two sets of the 4 core pins AND 3 of the Kickstarter exclusive lapel pins from past H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival campaigns! (see campaign story for details)

    Includes:
    • Celtic Knot Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & green)
    • Weave Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Gold & red)
    • Nautilus Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & blue)
    • Art Deco Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Copper)
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    Yithian Swap

    Go back in time and be in the future at the same time! This level includes two sets of the 4 core pins AND 5 of the Kickstarter exclusive lapel pins from past H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival campaigns! (see campaign story for details)

    Includes:
    • Art Deco Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Copper)
    • Celtic Knot Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & green)
    • Nautilus Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Silver & blue)
    • Weave Cthulhu Lapel Pin (Antique Gold & red)
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