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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, bend around a ballpoint pen, trim and smooth, 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 the time.

I got lazy and decided I didn't want to bother, so I bead the ends of a pair of wires, smash the beads flat, and drill them. Instant loops, no problem. ("Beading" the end of the wire means melting it just until it beads up.)
closeup of drilled headpin
I finally got around to doing a video to demonstrate how I make them.

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