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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
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Quick & Easy Stitched Jewelry

Designer Cathy Jakicic offers 20+ projects with numerous variations, so stitchers at every level will find something to enjoy. Each on-trend, fashionable project includes a stitched element with easy instructions for completing the piece, plus variations for changing it up, dressing it down, adding more colors, or changing the style.



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Play with Chain Mail

In Play with Chain Mail, readers will learn how to master the elaborate on four classic weaves in 20+ projects of all sizes, including earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. The handy jump ring chart allows readers to use only a handful of cooper and aluminum ring sizes to complete all the projects. It's an easy, affordable way to get started with chain mail, master four weaves, and make colorful, wearable jewelry.



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Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified

Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified offers an easy-to-follow introduction to the age-old art of braiding cords. The 24 projects incorporate just five weaves: 8-warp basket weave, 16-warp trapezoid, 16-warp hollow, 8-warp half-round, and 8-warp square. Rebecca's conversational tone and helpful hints keep jewelry makers on track, and she offers a few "creative closures" that go beyond the typical glue-and-endcap method.



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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.



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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.



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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.






Titles just released in Kalmbach's Hobby Line
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Easy Model Railroad Scenery Projects

This project-oriented book covers all areas of building model railroad scenery, including landforms, terrain, water, rockwork, trees, and more.  The book’s step-by-step photos and instructions make it easy for modelers to learn how to create realistic scenes. 

It includes:

A wide variety of scenery techniques from noted authors.

Projects using traditional materials as well as newer products.

Advice that applicable to many layouts regardless of scale.



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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.


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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.

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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.
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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.
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