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Forthcoming books and other news from Kalmbach Books
Published: June 28, 2008
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Titles just released in Kalmbach's Jewelry-Making and Beading Line

Wonderful Wire Jewelry

From turning loops to coiling, wrapping, weaving, and linking, Wonderful Wire Jewelry covers the broad spectrum of wireworking possibilities. Jewelry makers will find 30+ necklaces, bracelets, pendants, and more, along with a detailed basics sections covering tools, materials, and supplies.


Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry

Designer Josie Fabre offers a new twist on a traditional technique, perfect for first-time stitchers who love the flat bands of peyote jewelry but want a faster way to achieve beautiful results. Josie combines the technique known as Fast Peyote with with her own, original, multi-drop, even-count, flat peyote patterns in 25+ beautiful easy-to-follow and easy-to create projects. The resulting finished pieces look just as intricate and polished as traditional peyote stitch, but in less time. While bracelets are the main jewelry piece created in peyote stitch, Josie has also added necklaces and earrings to her project mix.


Learn to Make Bead Jewelry

A must-have book for every beader, Learn to Make Bead Jewelry with 35 Fabulous Projects is a comprehensive guide to designing and creating beautiful beaded jewelry using fundamental beading techniques. Beaders will learn to make sophisticated-looking earrings, necklaces, bracelets, lariats, and jewelry sets using easy-to-learn techniques. This book teaches the skills to make perfect jewelry for any occasion including stringing, crimping, knotting, basic wirework, and more.


Introducing Albion Stitch

In the art of bead stitching, “new” stitches tend to be variations of old favorites, and truly new stitches are extremely rare. In Introducing Albion Stitch, Heather Kingsley-Heath teaches bead stitchers her own Albion stitch, a new invention that can be used to create flat pieces, lacy designs, and stunning dimensional “ridged” pieces. Beaders can use Albion stitch alongside their old favorite stitches to make 20 new projects they won’t find anywhere else.


Beautiful Elements

Artist Heather Powers teaches simple techniques for making custom wire and metal clasps, links, chains, pendants, headpins, and other components that are usually purchased. Jewelry makers can then experiment and combine components to create truly personalized, one-of-a-kind finished necklaces and earrings.

• Techniques include wire shaping, metal texturing and sketching, adding color with polymer clay, and more.
• Jewelry makers can try the simple techniques in a variety of materials to achieve different looks.
• 30+ projects for jewelry makers eager to personalize every project.

Titles just released in Kalmbach's Hobby Line

Modeling Structures

To make a better layout, it’s important for modelers to construct buildings and structures that are unique for each project. Jeff Wilson’s new book shows readers what they’ll need to know about:

•    Detailing, painting, and creating signs.
•    Making structures appropriate for the era, railroad, and region being modeled.
•    Techniques for building plastic and wood kits, as well as kitbashing and scratchbuilding.


Guide to North American Steam Locomotives, Revised Edition

This newly revamped book features every steam locomotive built in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada since 1900. This is an essential guide that should be in the library of every railfan! It includes:

•    Comprehensive rosters for every railroad.
•    Information and data railfans can’t find anywhere else.
•    420 photos and newly designed roster tables.


45 Original Track Plans

This book features 45 original track plans created by respected author Bernard Kempinski. None of these track plans have been published before, so modelers will get an exclusive look at all-new material. Plans include:
•    A variety of scales, including HO, N, S, and O.
•    A variety of portrayed locations, with many from the east coast of the United States.
•    Room-sized plans to those that fill a basement or garage.

Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2016

Market prices change every year. Toy train enthusiasts need to know what their collection is CURRENTLY worth. The Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2016 is packed with the latest market value information for prewar, postwar, modern, and tinplate trains, as well as postwar boxes and sets. The book offers:

• A convenient, easy-to-read presentation.
• Pocket-sized format that’s easy to carry.
• Important pricing information when a decision draws near.

Wiring for Your Model Railroad

If model railroaders could own one book about wiring, this would be the best choice. In Wiring Your Model Railroad, Larry Puckett provides a helpful overview of all things wiring, including traditional wiring and DCC. This is the first wiring book any modeler should buy, and it’s a useful reference guide for experienced modelers. Most importantly, it is the first book any publisher has released on this topic in 15 years. So, it’s the most current and reliable source of model railroad wiring information you’ll find anywhere.

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