Tutorial for Egyptian Link
1. Cut a 6.5 inch length of wire (gauges 0.6mm – 1.0mm are best suited for this, however if you are making a necklace or bracelet I recommend using either 0.8mm or 1.0mm). Bend the wire in half and grasp it at the centre point with your round nose pliers approx. 2/3 along from the points of the pliers.
2. Using your chain nose pliers, pinch the wire around the round nose pliers to make a loop.
3. Using your chain nose pliers, grasp the wire at the base of the loop and bend the wire away from you to make a gentle bend, not a sharp angle.
4. Using your round nose pliers, make a loop at each end of the wire, making them as small as possible so that they look like antennas.
5. Grasp one of the loops about half way with your flat nose pliers and moving the wire and NOT the pliers, make a spiral down to where the wire bends and repeat for the other side.
6. Make as many of these as you need for your design. Take two links and sit one behind the other like chairs. Take the one in front, turn it sideways and slot it through the loop of the link behind.
Turn it around to face front again so the loop of the link behind is resting at the bend of the link in front and push the loop down to close the link.
Continue to link them together until you have the desired length. You can manipulate the links with your fingers to ensure that they sit flat and straight.