I make loop ends out of ball end strings this way - pushing the other end through but I'm always at a lost as to how to finish the strings off neatly. I will try Butch's way, over than under and under and under than back & forth till it breaks off.
Sounds good, thanks Dusty
Marg, when you say "finish the string off neatly," do you mean what to do with the excess string that sticks out of the tuners? Butch's method of twisting the strings until they break will indeed work, though sometimes you have to be patient. It might take several "back and forths" before you succeed. I have a metal string winder that includes a wire cutter on it. I just cut the excess string as close as I can and then push the end (not with a finger!) so that it bends back and can't cut you.
I usually bend the end 3/16 back 180* before making the 90* bend which puts the cut end back in the hole. I also try to leave about 1/16 (bent end) extended past the post surface and put 1 wrap on the open end of the post and the balance of the wraps on th inside ( nearest the knob).