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.
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.
Closer view of the gold inlay
Gold wire is hammered in, looks very rough indeed.
Now the gold is stoned flush with surrounding metal and taken to final finish.
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.
Here is the final result:
Here’s the same process shown for the skeleton arm inlay and shading on the front of the slide.
Now it is starting to look like something!
Final results can be seen on Engraved Sig Sauer P226 post.