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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

Creative Beading Vol. 9

Creative Beading Vol. 9 offers Bead&Button readers almost every project from the October 2012 through August 2013 issues, all in one gorgeous, hardcover volume. The latest edition in this popular yearbook series features a thorough basics section, helpful tips, and more than 75 projects for jewelry makers at every skill level – beginner to advanced. Every beader will find something she loves in Creative Beading Vol. 9!

Finding Style

Jewelry-makers crave creative instruction for using the myriad of new materials, findings, and components available today. Who better than a renown designer and shop owner who sees and sells these fun products every day? Irina Miech has created 27 projects using innovative materials to help beaders explore emerging trends in beading supplies.

Intriguing new jewelry-making components and materials are now widely available, and jewelry makers are eager to use them. Finding Style presents “suites” of related projects featuring multiple uses for single components, encouraging designers to maximize potential and think “what if”?


Creative Designs Using Shaped Beads

For a limited time, when you buy Anna Elizabeth Draeger's all-new Creative Designs Using Shaped Beads, you'll get 48 Miyuki TILA Beads to make a beautiful bracelet.

Combining hot new bead shapes with creative stitching is a winning formula! Building on the success of her first shaped-beads book, acclaimed designer Anna Elizabeth Draeger is back with 25 all-new projects. SuperDuos, twins, spikes, and more -- Anna shows beaders how to pair these new shapes with their favorite beads in unusual ways to create lovely, wearable jewelry. • Projects include beaded beads, rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces • Each piece has an extra design option with complete instructions, effectively doubling the value! • Projects are conveniently organized by skill level to help build confidence

Linked: Innovative Chain Mail Jewelry Designs

Chain mail jump rings are widely available in more sizes and materials than ever before, exploding the popularity of this jewelry-making technique! Now, in one single volume, jewelry makers can create 22 of the best projects from six leading chain mail designers whose work has been featured in the pages of leading jewelry magazines and books. Each adds their modern twist to ancient weaves with a spotlight collection that highlights their own unique approach to chain mail projects and patterns.

• Designers include: John Fetvedt, Diane Miller, Anne Mitchell, Laura Poplin, Sue Ripsch, and Vanessa Walilko.

• 22 creative projects for earrings, bracelets, and necklaces feature sterling silver and colored aluminum jump rings

• Perfect for both avid chain mail makers and those looking to dive in to the hobby

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry features an incredible breadth of styles, from delicate necklaces of sea glass, crystals, and pearls to bold cuffs and freeform rings. Jewelry makers will see firsthand the design potential of using found objects — and appreciate this beginner-friendly way to experiment with new jewelry techniques. See how wire wrapping, drilling, stamping, riveting, and more can showcase natural components at their very best.

Translucent pieces of sea glass become stunning pendants. Sand-polished beach stones morph into bold cuffs. This amazing transformation of simple raw materials into exquisite finished jewelry is at the heart of Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry.

The friendly collaboration between two inspired artists is reflected in their harmonious pairing of natural elements with freeform wire and metal techniques. Each project features two versions of a design, resulting in 50 expressive pieces that take your breath away.

Titles just released in Kalmbach's Hobby Line

Basic Painting and Weathering for Model Railroaders, Second Edition

Any modeler who wants to paint, decal, or weather locomotives, rolling stock and structures will find plenty of in-depth, how-to techniques in this updated edition! New prototype photos, current manufacturers, and the latest products are featured along with several new projects that include making your own decals with an inkjet printer and a multi-color painting project for a locomotive.

• Contains basic-through-advanced techniques for airbrushing, brush-painting, decaling, and weathering

• Includes tips on how to add graffiti, placards, and other decal details

• Features how-to information for using chalks, acrylic paints, and oil colors


Basic Scenery for Model Railroaders, Second Edition

Keep modelers up to date on the latest scenery products and materials with this freshly updated edition. New material on foam scenery and concrete roads as well as many new projects teach modelers how to apply a basic layer of scenery to their layout. Modelers will learn how to form ground terrain, add varieties of ground cover, build trees, and add details such as rocks, dirt and paved roads, water effects, signs, and more.

• Techniques are geared toward beginner to intermediate modelers

• Step-by-step photos and drawings are included for each technique as well as full-color photos of the finished scenes

• Lou Sassi is a well-known modeler whose work has appeared in Model Railroader and Great Model Railroads, and has authored several books


Building Dioramas

Acclaimed modeler Chris Mrosko explains how to build dioramas that showcase models and create dramatic scenes, as well as offering expert modeling tips. Focusing on a step-by-step, how-to approach, modelers will learn the fundamentals of construction and design, airbrushing and finishing tips, how to cast pieces out of resin, and more.

• The ideal reference for modelers who want to expand their skills and do more with their models

• A variety of step-by-step projects that range from Saving Private Ryan to modern global conflicts

• Modelers will learn how to create “wedgie” dioramas to showcase figures

The Historical Guide to North American Railroads, Third Edition

This updated encyclopedia of railroading presents history, photos, route maps, and fast facts for 170+ North American railroads. A new, searchable index makes locating information easy and fast. Learn about railroad lines that were abandoned or merged and discover why, plus take a look at major railroads that are still currently in operation.

• The ultimate railroad reference book for rail fans and history buffs

• All major and many minor railroads from the past 100 years are included

• Statistics highlight miles of operation, locomotives, and rolling stock

Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, 2nd Edition

Don’t get derailed! Get up to speed on the latest advancements in trackwork with the one book that focuses solely on proper track installation, Basic Trackwork for Model Railroaders, 2nd Edition.

Freshly updated to showcase the newest products, current manufacturers, and the latest techniques, this new edition shows you how to:

•    Lay flextrack
•    Handlay track
•    Install turnouts and switch machines
•    Use all-in-one and other sectional track
•    Install subroadbed
•    Ballast and detail track
•    And much more!

No matter the size or scale of your model railroad, using the techniques in this in-depth guide will set the stage for smooth operation!
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