For the cucumber loop, select slender cucumbers with few seeds. Cut cucumbers lengthwise in half. Using a spoon, scrape out any seeds. Bias slice cucumber halves into 1-inch-thick pieces. Using a sharp knife, cut out 1-inch pieces into 7 or 9 bias slices, being sure to leave a narrow spine at one side to hold the slices together. Soak the cucumber pieces in a mixture of 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon salt about 10 minutes or until pliable. To form loop, on each cucumber piece start with the second slice and fold in every other slice in half.