Sometimes I start out headed in one direction, and end up somewhere else entirely. I planned to work with striped torpedo beads. Torpedo beads are often shaped by hand, and usually have pointed ends. I had just gotten one of the new bead formers, and wanted to give it a try with the striped torpedo effect. However, as I was playing with the clay to make a striped stack, the "bead" got too thin and morphed into a very pretty striped snake - with a pointed end. A brass cuff was sitting on my work table...Well, one thing led to another, and I found myself engrossed in making the ropey cuffs you see above. I especially like the one on the top left which was made from a rainbow stack. It reminds me of an old fashioned quilt. I'm sure I'll get around to making some torpedo beads in the near future - or I could end up playing with more 3-D, ropey effects. Either way, I get to play with clay!