Dec 24, 2012

Pantone Fall 2012 Colors Bead Exchange with Lori Anderson

 I had the coolest experience this year! I had the honor of participating in Lori Anderson's Pantone Bead Exchange -- with Lori Anderson herself as a partner. What a gift and what fun! I learned so much from Lori, and she generously sent me some very special beads, even sharing her beloved Moogin beads!

 Needless to say, as Lori's bead exchange partner, I was very nervous and excited, and hoped my beads would be ones Lori could use and would like. I was completely spoiled by Lori who sent me the most gorgeous beads ever!

Lori and I decided to exchange all ten of the Pantone Fall colors, with an emphasis on focals. As of today, Christmas eve, I still have additional focals I'm making to send Lori. The special ordered jump rings needed to create beautiful chain maille bezels have just arrived, and I'm excited to be creating a Persian weave bezel taught to me by Christiane Ross, chain maille artist extraordinaire and host of Jewel School. Once bezelled, the cabachons can be embellished in many ways.

 Ready to see the Pantone Fall 2012 beads Lori and I swapped?  There are some very special, highly coveted and rare beads here, thanks to Lori!! And likewise, I did my best to share my most rare gemstone beads, hopefully living up to my nickname, GemFairy ;)
Ok, here are our exchanged beads!

 rose smoke

from me to Lori:

Czech leaves, rose quartz focal, pink Panda beads, rhodocrosite round beads, SueBeadslampwork

from Lori to me:

Ceramic beads, jasper, faceted rose quartz (!!)


from me to Lori:

Beadcomber polymer heart, cubic zirconia ovals, star & heart beads, Czech flower cones, SueBeads lampwork beads, Mexican Laguna Lace Southwestern style beads (matching focal upcoming)

from Lori to me:

Diane Hawkey button, sea glass, Jelveh Jafanan lampwork set, Czech glass, handmade glass


from me to Lori:

Eagle Eye jasper, freshwater pearls, agate leaf, Beadcomber sea urchin, gunmetal crystal rondelles, feldspar moons

from Lori to me:

Sterling silver findings, lava beads, Green Girl Studio bead, snowflake obsidian

olympian blue 

from me to Lori:

Czech pressed glass, banded faceted agate, blue quartz, crazy lace agate focal, Beadfreaky focal, agate focals, Austrian crystal rondelles

from Lori to me:

Winchell Clayworks buttons, Pajego Art House clasp, Jeanne Kent heart focal, sodalite

bright chartreuse

from me to Lori:
Peridot rondelles, pineapple jasper links, faceted lemon quartz, new jade carved owl, agate

from Lori to me:

Felt flower focal bead, MOOGIN BEADS, and new jade focals

 ultramarine green

from me to Lori:

Malachite (natural) pears, Czech glass, Swarovski erenite briolettes, oval, emerald cut & twisted agate beads, panda beads, glass, green onyx rondelles

from Lori to me:

HMB lampwork spirals, handmade lampwork, felt flower focal, green opal briolettes

tangerine tango

from me to Lori:
Mexican fire opal rondelles, Beadfreaky ceramic, faceted carnelian & agate, freshwater pearls, panda beads

from Lori to me:

Joan Miller ceramic button, Kelly Wenzel egg, Jeanne Kent heart, aqua terra jasper, sea glass, handmade lampwork

 pink flambe'

from me to Lori:

Crazy lace, panda beads, facted agate, panda beads, lucite

from Lori to me: 

Vintage seed beads, Czech beads, felt focal and felt beads, aqua terra jasper

honey gold 

from me to Lori:
Glass Bead Art Lampwork, yellow chalcedony, gold panda beads, lemon quartz, golden quartz carved butterflies

from Lori to me:
Lori Anderson lampwork beads, felt flower focal, faceted citrine, handmade lampwork focal

french roast

from me to Lori:

Andalusite rondelles, smoky quartz, freshwater pearls, tigers eye, banded agate, Beadfreaky owl button
 Lori to me:

Smoky quartz faceted briolettes, handmade lampwork, Greek ceramic, brass & jasper chain

And that's not even all of it :) There is more to come from both Lori and me! 

Juls Cannon lampwork set that was destined to become Kalmbach jewelry

When I get the Persian bezels completed, I'll post another look at our fabulously fun bead exchange. Lori lavished me with even more amazing Pantone goodies, including an incredible purse by my favorite artist ever, Bitchin Bags by Benita, and barrettes for the sequin flowers I create and fibers and rare colors of wire (pink!) for my chainmaille and an entire set of lampwork by Juls Cannon that I added to my Kalmbach jewelry design and a beautiful, elegant & sweet ultramarine journal for bead shopping! Please, stay tuned for upcoming part two of our Pantone Fall Bead Exchange.

 Pantone just announced the new colors for Spring/Summer 2013 -- and the new color of the year -- emerald.  Based upon Pantone's Fashion Color Reports, Lori Anderson hosts two bead swaps each year. To participate in a Pantone Bead Swap, simply join Lori Anderson on Facebook in her group, the "Bead Soup Cafe" and sign up for a  Spring or Fall swap. Lori pairs up interested people each Spring and Fall, and it is a super nice exchange to participate in! You are sure to make friends and get some new cool beads. You do NOT have to have a blog or write about your exchange, but you can if you wish.  And as far as beads go, it is up to each pair of beaders to decide how many beads and how many colors to exchange.

And in the meantime, check out Lori's two books. Her latest book, "Bead Soup," is a BIG HIT because it shows what jewelry can be created by swapping our stash! Her e-book, "Follow the Path" explores topics and approaches to blogging with many great ideas for blog post subjects. You'll never find yourself without an interesting blog post again! "Follow the Path" is available as an instant download on her blog, Pretty Things


Toltec Jewels is an author by day, jewelry maker by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Fransisco MOMA and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for literary and jewelry arts. She is happiest making handcrafted jewelry with her entire family, snuggling with her doggies and grandkids, sewing, singing, reading, and learning jewelry techniques. She is the host of Jewel School Friends, a community of expert and emerging artisans taking inspiration from each other and Jewel School. Join her on Facebook for networking, fundraising for Beads of Courage, jewelry making challenges, contests, give-a-ways and of course, cool beads and jewelry!


  1. Really a great exchange!
    I love this beautiful kind of exchange! it give us the chance to know nice new friend and and ton know new materials that some time we can not find in our country!

  2. You both exchanged gorgeous beads. You are both fortunate to have such wonderful beads!

  3. I love this! Sometimes a beautifully photographed set of visuals says everything needed!
    Have a wonderful time, both of you!

    jean xox

  4. Wow. That is bead swapping at its finest. I'm so envious, I may have permanently damage. Lol. Thank you for sharing.

  5. What a fantastic swap! With such fabulous ingredients, I can't wait to see what each of you create with what you exchanged.


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