With the Braid and Spiral scripts, you can easily create braid shapes around curves in Maya. This is done by selecting a curve on screen before running either script – they’re pretty similar actually! One will allow for creating spirals while lopping other selected surfaces around them with ease.
Scripts for create braid(spline or poly) or spirals following a path.
The Spiral Script, like the Elliptical Looping Tool (ELT), enables you to create spirals along any spline. Select your path and number of loops for some really complex interactions!
Both scripts are offered as freeware, so be sure to check out the Maya Braid Script and the Maya Spiral Scrip here.