Making chevron beads kicks off a bit of scrap. As I clean up, I loosely organize the pieces by color similarity and then run the piles through the pasta machine creating some sizable sheets of mixed, muted clay.
After making several “planned” bead canes I had enough sheets to make one from leftovers. So I selected colors, alternating between vivid and muted clay, and constructed a new bead cane. The process was both random and intentional, artistic but serendipitous. I would not have intuitively selected these colors for a bead, but on a table of beads, I would probably pick this one up.