I'm in the habit of making my own earwires, sometimes right in front
of the customer when I'm at a show. Just a tiny loop in one end to
hold the jump ring, and bent around a ballpoint pen, trimmed and
smoothed, toss the pair into a tumbler and it's done.
However, I much prefer to have the little loop closed solidly, which
I can do at home by fusing or soldering it, if I feel like spending
I got lazy last week and decided I didn't want to bother, so I
beaded the ends of a pair of wires, smashed the beads flat, and
drilled them. Instant loops, no problem. I can thread a jump ring
through the hole, or the wire from an earring as it is being made,
and it works out fine.
Note that the picture is blown up considerably. The wire is 0.030"
in diameter. I went on to make a couple dozen more of them, for
later, and to see how easy they were. You have to be careful,
drilling, 'cause if the bit catches in the hole it will wind up the
rest of the wire around it really fast.