- 1-2 years of time
- A very strong will
- 1200-2000 feet of wire (6000-10000 links)
- 2 pairs of small blunt nose pliers
- A drill (with a chuck)
- ½ inch or ¼ inch metal rod
- A dremel or other cutting device
- A vice or strong clamp
- Some 2 by 4s
- 4 screws
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First with the 2by4s you need to build a rig to support the rod (fig 1) that the links will be made on. Attach the 3 pieces together with the screws. Drill a hole in both sides of the wood, big enough for your rod to pass through easily. Now drill a small hole through the rod that your wire can get through. For wire I used a multi-purpose galvanized 16-gauge wire from Lowes. It is sold in 200ft lengths for around $8.
When you have all this assembled put the rod and drill into the jig (which should be clamped on a table) insert the wire into the hole and start the drill turning slowly. The wire will wrap it's self around the rod making a nice little spring. Use pliers to pull the wire out of the hole and slide the spring off the rod.