: Sorry. What I meant was... Each strand on the magic is a loop. These loops on the offical puzzles are joined using a small steel sleeve which is crimped to hold the strand ends.
: When your friend threads the puzzles he must use some method to fuse one end of a loop to the other end.
Oh, that! No, nothing like that. Everything used in the creation of the puzzles I've sold on eBay came from previous Rubik's Magic puzzles as far as I know. He's just really careful when he dismantles them and puts them back together.
I'm not sure if he's broken any yet, and if so, what he's done to replace them. L8r.