There are lots of types, sizes, colors, and opinions. Some people like to throw them: at birds, cats, skip them across ponds, or just collect them.
We sculptors impose additional machinations on them to make them our own. We can make them into human figures (full/partial, posed/abstract or clad/nude). Or just their parts: faces: full, partial, masks, or just eyes; hands, arms, legs.
I like holes in my rocks: round ones, ovals, open, shaped and curved. Maybe with just a hint of a depression or dimple.
Polishing can be excruciating! Try texturing with score lines and chisel marks, or leave some natural surface.
A bas relief technique on a 3D piece can have tentacles, leaves, and vines going every which way. Spirals, scallops, and bumps add texture and patterns.
Multi-piece creations can increase the size and options for color and shapes. Self-based sculptures can save the cost and effort of pinning to a separate base.
Slices can be spaced apart with another material or different stone and pinned or glued into a stack or rainbow.
Inlays and overlays using gold, aluminum, and copper foils, tinted epoxies (oil-based washes for porous stone) or aluminum and copper wire can be used for special effects.
As for possibilities for those smaller scraps that are too good to throw out, there are a lot. Drill a hole, polish a side or two, and insert a tea light, or a candle(s). Or drill it deeper for a vase.
A bowl shape can be the collector of coins or keys. These smaller creations that serve a non-art purpose can be less involved from the finishing standpoint. And, of course, you have your own favorite concepts.
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