We all have those "duh!" moments, right? When you realize that what you need has been right there all along?
So it was when a customer came in with an earring design in mind. I knew what she wanted, but we didn't have that specific finding in stock. And then it hit me: take the 25mm beading hoops and with a stretch here and a bend there they become beautiful fancy earwires!
You can add a bead or two to the earwire above the loop if you want (you'll probably have to straighten out the bend a bit to do this -- or if you're good at planning ahead, add the beads before making the bend).
Then use your headpins/eyepins as usual to make your earrings and attach them to your new fancy earwires! Now you're ready to sparkle the whole holiday season.