Well….. I thought I was doing it the right way, that bird I showed yesterday. I made six hanks, to be divided into 3 sets of 6 mini-hanks, using the colors of the bird. I combined all the yellows/golds into a gradient, and the turquoise is from the bill. And there’s a solid black at the left end. The others were attempts at combinations of the blackened purple, blackened blue, as well as the fuchsia and pinks with the gradient black purple blue.
I still need to break these down into minis of about 140 yards each and then assemble them into sets before I can photo them for sale.