Sig Sauer P226 engraving is my biggest project to date. Engraving process itself took around 320 hours and extra 80 hours was spend later on new grips and box.

In this post I’ll show the progress steps and next post will feature the completed gun and also a photo shoot results with a model.

First step was to do 24K gold inlay borders on the frame and slide.

Gold inlaid into Sig Sauer frame and slide

Gold inlaid into frame and slide

When borders are inlaid and scrollwork contours engraved, then the main gold inlays are done. Here you can see the pocket for skull inlay is prepared – first a pocket is cut and cleaned out, then teeth are risen to hold the gold wire.

Sig Sauer P226 gold inlay

Gold inlay process

Closer view of the gold inlay

Gold inlay in Sig Sauer P226

Gold inlay progress

Gold wire is hammered in, looks very rough indeed.

Gold is inlaid into Sig Sauer slide

Gold wire is inlaid

Now the gold is stoned flush with surrounding metal and taken to final finish.

Gold inlay is smoothed

Gold inlay is smoothed out

Once the gold is looking good, shading can be done on the surrounding scrollwork and on the gold as well.

Here’s the workshop view during skull engraving, notice the several skull references to get shading correct.

Engraving station view

Engraving station view

Here is the final result:

Engraved gold skull on Sig Sauer P226

Gold skull shaded

Here’s the same process shown for the skeleton arm inlay and shading on the front of the slide.

Arm pocket prepared and inlay started

Arm pocket prepared and inlay started

Arm gold inlay prepared

Arm inlay prepared

Arm and scrollwork shaded

Arm and scrollwork shaded

Now it is starting to look like something!

Right side of the Sig Sauer P226 engraving

Right side view of the engraving

Final results can be seen on Engraved Sig Sauer P226 post.

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