Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: Cthulhu Wake Up

Girl Gone Geek's Alien Chest-Burster Necklace by Cthulhu Wake Up

The chestburster Alien necklace from Cthulhu Wake Up Etsy shop is everything you didn’t know you wanted. Although I can’t lie, I’m always a bit nervous saying the Etsy shop name out loud. Not trying to cause the end of days or anything…

The Xenomorph necklace pretty much speaks for itself, but I’ll say a little about it either way. I know in fashion they talk about statement necklaces, but I doubt they even had this deadly beauty mind. The chestburster is masterfully crafted from pewter and sits perfectly on top of your chest, all a-burstin’.

I had the chance to interview Luis about his gorgeously gruesome jewelry only to find out he has a pretty impressive day job! He’s a vfx artist and has worked in movies like Green Lantern, GI Joe 2, Riddick and more. (Which explains why the craftsmanship on the pendents are damn near perfect.)

Interview with Luis from Cthulhu Wake Up

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Cthulhu Wake Up- Alien Chest-burster Pendant 2My name is Luis Alberto Cayo, I have been a a vfx artist for 5 years working in movies like “Gi Joe 2”, “Riddick”, “Green Lantern”, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter”, among others (www.cayovfx.com). Although I enjoy working for these big projects I also want a venue were I can share my own voice and jewelry is a perfect fit for me.

How did Cthulhu Wake Up come to be?

Practicing digital sculpture in my own time, I came up with the Cthulhu pendant and I really wanted to do something with it. I put it up in kickstarter and raised money to make 150 of them. I was thrilled not only that I was able to share my personal work but to make some money along the way too. After that I decided to work towards making a side business of it. Unfortunately, I can’t work as fast as I would like to towards that goal but I’m getting there!

How long on average does it take you to make a piece?

Is a fluid process really. Going back and forward, doing drawings and sculptures. Because I made a point to make it as fun and freestyle as possible I can’t track it that much. 3 days would be my best guess.

I love the idea of the chest-bursting alien necklace, what inspired that piece?

It just popped in my head and made me laugh. It made sense as it looks like is bursting out so I said, why not?

What draws you to Lovecraft’s work? Do you have a favorite story?

Lovecraft is an excellent story teller. Modern storytelling is VERY rushed and the plot needs to be moving along always. Rarely movies, comic books, and TV shows slow down to take the attention from the story and spend some time building an atmosphere and taking us places emotionally. Lovecraft does this very successfully without being boring at all, not to mention he does it only with words! Of course he is not the only one that does this, there are great moder storytellers as well but no one tackles the weird mix of science fiction, fantasy and horror any more, not the way he does.

I have many favorite stories from him. Starting to “The Call of Cthulhu”, “The Shadow out of Time”, “The Whisperer in the Darkness”, and many others.

Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?

Many others, Dragon Ball Z and Batman being the most prominent. One of my long term goals is to write a Batman story. I love steampunk and enjoy watching cosplay.

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Above all I would prefer an sketchbook and a ballpoint pen with everlasting ink. Video game: Street fighter 3, Comicbook: The Dark Knight Returns, TV shows: Batman, the Animated Series.

Where can we find you in the web

Our online store is Cthulhuwakeup.com and our facebook page is Facebook.com/CthulhuWakeUp

Giveaway!

Cthulhu Wake Up- Alien Chest-burster Pendant 1

1 lucky reader will receive the Snalien chestburster pendant!

How to enter: 

1) Leave a comment on this post

2) Like Facebook.com/CthulhuWakeUp

Contest ends Monday, May 13th

 GIVEAWAY CLOSED- Raven was the winner, thanks everyone!

63 Comments

  1. I never have to worry about saying Cthulhu because I just can’t pronounce it ^_^

    If he’s waiting on my pronunciation skills to end everything he’s got a long wait!

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      1. If he was smart he’d do it Army of Darkness style where mispronouncing the name was the trigger….^_^

  2. I’m sure having something this phallic will get some looks, but when the little alien comes to live and attacks and gouges out their eyes, I shall have my revenge!!

    Ok, just kidding…love this. Want this. That is all.

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  3. Ha! This is to awesome. I’m prolly going to put this on the list of things for my birthday!

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  4. Super coolness! Actually I’d love to give this to a young friend (she’s 11), because I think she’d appreciate it more than anyone I know. And she has a new baby sister named Ripley! ;)

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  5. This is brilliant! Well done! Saw it on craftzine and had to come by to see more of your crafts & more angles of it.

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  6. My birthday is today May 9th and Mother’s Day is this Sunday. I would be the proudest of mothers to have my wittle baby leave the nest, I mean burst out my chest.

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  7. Liked in real life and on FB! I wonder how staggering in the street with this on would go over…

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  8. Modern storytelling is, indeed, very rushed. It’s as though the pleasure of the journey is overshadowed by the destination.

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  9. Wow. Amazing representation of….our cousins? Isn’t that what the movie “Prometheus” implied? ;)

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  10. Hey, this is exactly something for my most kickass friend ever, and i feel lucky! The old ones haz my back… In a good way! Fftangh

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  11. This pendant is amazing!
    I’m a huge fan of the alien series. I probably watched it too young as a kid haha could barely see the movie though my hands covering my eyes back then :)
    Liked on Facebook.

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  12. Okay, this may be just me, and I totally understand if it is…but am I the only one who fell in love with this a tiny little bit?

    No, just me?

    Fine. I WILL LOVE YOU ENOUGH ON MY OWN, CHESTBURSTER.

    I WILL LOVE YOU FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

    (oh, and I liked the fb page – shea shimer wong).

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  13. This would be an epic gift for my birthday on May 18th. What an honor to such a cult classic. “It’s got a wonderful defense mechanism. You don’t dare kill it.” – Parker (Alien 1979)

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  14. Love this so very much and shared it with my son, who’s a big fan of the Alien movies, including Prometheus. That pendant is awesome. Thanks for posting!

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  15. Can’t emphasize how much I love this necklace, I was a face hugger victim for halloween one year and I also describe having a child akin to have a chestburster from the lady parts ~lol~ I would wear this necklace proudly.

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  16. what did the Alien say to Jonesy?
    take me to your litter.
    (O_o’)
    jokes aside, i love this necklace… i facehugging love it.
    That’s right, I used facehugger as an adjective, and i would wear the shit out of this necklace.

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  17. Saw this over at Make and had to take a peek at your site This would be the best Post-Mothers Day gift ever

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  18. Fierce! What a fun piece. I’ve never seen anything like it! I’d be thrilled to win and rock this necklace all summer long :) Thanks so much! Like on FB (Amber H)

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  19. This is SO bitchin!! A fine piece of sci-fi nerd art if I do say so myself!! I need this in my life!!

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  20. Love love love!! My hubby and I are huge Alien fans. He even has the queen from the cover of Alien 3 tattooed on his back!

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  21. Wow! That’s pretty impressive. It fits on the chest perfectly. I love the Alien movies, they’re so great.

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    1. Wow, so excited! The girl I will be giving this to is going to absolutely love it – she even has a plush “facehugger”! THANK YOU!!!

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