The Lament Configuration

by Stephen Hobley on November 29, 2009

I was cleaning out some boxes in the basement when I found this.

Forgotten I’d got it…

The "Lament Configuration" Puzzle Box from Hellraiser (I, II, III etc..)

The "Lament Configuration" Puzzle Box from Hellraiser (I, II, III etc..)

Long before I was etching printed circuit boards, I was etching brass panels and trying to find ways to get them to stick onto blocks of wood.

This is a replica of the Lament Configuration puzzle box that was used in the Hellraiser series of movies. The book (The Hellbound Heart) describes a plain black lacquered box, but in the movie they used this rather natty looking brass version.

I think I made about 8 of them in total – this one is showing it’s age, but as far as I know the others still look pretty darned good. I’ve given them to people in the US, UK and Australia.

I’ll have to dig out my notes on the technique and put them on the site.

I’m a huge fan of Clive Barker’s work – I got to meet him a few years ago and he was a really nice chap.

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dustin April 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm

The lament brass panels…need more info please :) Was hoping to make me one of those fancy lil dodads, I got a few cubes of cedar cut but have been searching for a way to make the panels that isn’t going to cost to much. Where to get the brass panels and your techniques would be awesome, if you can find the time that would be great. Thanks

Jon October 31, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Well I must give you kudos for your incredible abilities. I too would truly love to know how you made these panels. The closest I have been able to find is only layer etching and not a complete disolve such as you show in your one youtube video. I am an extremely creative person and would love to know more about the skill of thorough brass etching. If you get the time I would love an email even if only a few words to point me in the right direction so that I, too, can profit from my creativity. With even minimal direction leading me to honing the ability of intricate brass etching, I believe I can learn quite a profitable, but more-so fun way of making a living. Even if I never hear back from you, I commend you on your skill. Have a blessed day. -Jon

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