This is not the answer. I am adding some relevant papers (some possessing good examples) which won't fit in the comments section.
I have been wanting to know the answer to this question as well. It seems one has to find an ample line bundle, and then calculate the Riemann theta relations which define the projective embedding. The equation(s) of the embedding is decided by relation between the theta functions. The wikipedia page on equations for abelian varieties was written Charles Matthews. Perhaps he might have more to say on this question...
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