I hope it was ok to start a new thread for this. Feel free to flog me if needed. And yes, my pictures are not so good.
There has to be at least one other person here who is cheap enough and hardcore enough to try this.
Most of the finishing and shaping techniques are the same as regular dowel/chopstick needles http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2611.0
The magic ingredient is: Weed eater line. I got this package for about $2.50 at walmart. At 150 feet I won't be running out any time soon. Be sure to get the round line, not the ridged.
These are going to be size 8 needles. I cut these pieces 4" to make a 32" set. For shorter circs, I would cut them as short as 3 or 3.5" - sharpen the tips and sand the ends so they slightly taper.
I used a Dremel to drill holes about 1/2" deep in the ends. This part takes a steady hand, but the Dremel makes it easy.
Squeeze a little super glue into the holes, and insert the cord ends.
When the glue is dry, sand and finish the needles, tapering as much as you can toward the cable for an unbroken surface. On these smaller diameter needles, I then put a dab of regular Elmer's glue at the juncture, which dries nice and smooth. On a bigger needle, cone shaped beads or other creative measures may need to be taken.
A few hours later, a pair of circs that didn't cost me a trip to the yarn store or much $$ at all.