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Published: June 28, 2008
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Titles just released in Kalmbach's Jewelry-Making and Beading Line

Jewelry Designs with Knitted Wire

Get the look of intricate, beaded wirework, simply by stitching! Nealay Patel introduces over 30 fun, innovative designs, each stitched on a shining frame of knitted wire. This beautiful knitted wire cord is the perfect backdrop for easy beadwoven designs, and jewelry makers can choose from a wide range of colors, sizes, and looks. Nealay’s easy-to-follow photos and illustrations guide jewelry makers through each step as they make gorgeous necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and earrings.


Chain Mail Elegance

Use crystals, twisted jump rings, and other sparkly elements to create 30 eye-catching necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Sue Ripsch uses traditional chain mail weaves with a twist to create her pieces, and each project is fully illustrated with a lot of photographs and tips. This book offers the specific look of quality, lasting jewelry pieces that are wearable every day.


Weekend Wirework

Loop, wrap, and coil your way to one-of-a-kind jewelry! Weekend Wirework teaches you simple wireworking skills — looping, wrapping, and coiling — and how to use them to create beautiful earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Add your favorite beads, gemstones, or crystals, and in no time at all you'll have pretty jewelry you'll be proud to call your own. The 15+ projects include design alternatives, as well as simple instructions and clear photos.


Peyote Stitched Jewelry

Start bead stitching with simple earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Peyote Stitched Jewelry Done in a Day teaches you the basics of this popular bead stitch, and then offers 15+ projects to help you perfect your skills. With just a little practice, you'll be able to transform seed beads in to dramatic dangle earrings, eye-catching pendants, colorful bracelets, and more. Each project features clear diagrams and illustrations, plus tips and tricks to make stitching easier and more fun.


Knotted Jewelry

Making jewelry can be as easy as tying a few simple knots! Knotted Jewelry shows you how to combine seed beads, pearls, gemstones, and crystals with ribbon or cords to create jewelry you'll love to wear.  Tie pearls to leather cord for a minimalist lariat necklace or an casual bracelet . Whip up a necklace and earrings with turquoise and silk beading cord. Add a handful of beads and a six-strand side clasp to silk cords to make a lightweight multi strand necklace. The 15+ projects include many color variations, plus clear instructions and easy-to-follow photos.

Titles just released in Kalmbach's Hobby Line

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.


Freight Cars of the '40's and '50's

Jeff Wilson’s latest release is a guide to railroad cars operated during one of modeling’s most popular eras. Modelers can use the book’s highly detailed historical information as inspiration to create realistic models. They’ll find background on cargo carried by various types of cars, information on putting together a realistic freight car fleet, as well as prototype paint schemes and detailing.


Planning Your Model Railroad

Planning Your Model Railroad is a new book by Tony Koester that tells you everything you’ll want to consider before starting a layout. This conversational, idea-driven book shows you your options when planning a layout. It expansively covers key topics including:

•    Choosing a railroad and scale.
•    Finding prototypes that match modeler interest.
•    Narrowing focus to make efficient decisions.

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