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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

Convertible Crystal Jewelry

Feature Crystals in Fun, Fashionable Jewelry!

Showcase ever-popular crystals and fun design elements in 25 gorgeous bracelets, necklaces and earrings that match any outfit or style. Readers will find a basics section that includes the stitches, materials, and tools they’ll need to get started right. An additional section on findings and crystals will inspire more advanced beaders with new ideas.

Every project includes clear, step-by-step instructions and photos, plus tips for construction and ideas for taking the design to the next step. Best of all, every project can be flipped, changed, or easily modified to show a brand-new look!

Copper Jewlery Collection

Popular Metal Artists Reveal Their Secrets!

Metalwork beginners and skilled artisans alike will learn something new in Copper Jewelry Collection. The 7 in-depth technique articles cover traditional and new techniques through clear photos, step-by-step instructions, and expert tips. The 10 unique projects from popular metal artists cover a wide range of skills, from simple wirework to more advanced techniques like fold forming.


Micro Macramé Basics & Beyond

Transform Cord and Beads into Lovely Jewelry!

Clear, step-by-step instructions and plenty of helpful tips help readers get started with micro macramé, an emerging technique that uses tiny knots and much thinner cords than traditional macramé. Readers learn everything from the basics of how to set up a macramé board and basic knots to incorporating beads and crystals into their jewelry. Author Raquel Cruz offers her expertise, tips, and tricks for working with cord, plus ideas for unique variations. First-time jewelry makers and experienced beaders alike will find something to love in Micro Macramé Basics & Beyond!

Timeless Wire Weaving

Make Stunning, Wearable Wire Jewelry!

The technique lessons and 13 exquisite projects in Timeless Wire Weaving: The Complete Course teach readers to combine wire with cabochons, seed beads, and other components to make gorgeous, eye-catching jewelry.

Through a range of wirework instruction, expertly designed and presented by a well-known wire artist, readers will expand their wirework skills, produce impressive pieces they’ll be proud to wear or share, and use the techniques to create their own unique designs.

The use of seed beads and crystals in the designs will attract bead stitchers, too!

Textured Bead Embroidery

Textured Bead Embroidery will inspire bead stitchers, embroiderers, and jewelry makers with a unique, new twist on an established technique. Linda Landy offers playful thoughts on designs that go beyond the standard cabochon-and-seed-bead look. In 12 creative projects, Linda Landy offers a range of size and complexity. Projects include one-of-a-kind earrings, pendants, pins, bracelets, and neckpieces, all presented in an easy-to-follow “call-out” style.

BONUS: The included CD features 6 printable patterns, each drawn to scale and including materials lists.

Titles just released in Kalmbach's Hobby Line

Great American Railroad Stories

Great American Railroad Stories features articles initially published in Trains magazine over the past 75 years. Many of these popular stories have not been printed since their original appearance in the magazine. They lend rare historical insight into what it was like to ride passenger trains, work on the railroads, and grow up in an era of steam trains.The book includes:
•    Historical photos.
•    The writings and reflections of founding Editor Al Kalmbach, David P. Morgan, Lucius Beebe, and other well-known contributors.
•    Stirring narratives from those who actually lived their lives on the rails.


American Flyer Pocket Price Guide 1946-2015

This essential pocket-sized guide provides accurate, current market values for American Flyer S gauge trains and accessories manufactured by A.C. Gilbert and Lionel. This functional easy-to-read volume is published every other year and contains ready-to-run S gauge trains from contemporary manufacturers like American Modelers and MTH. It remains a valuable and reliable source of pricing information.

Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2015

Collectors of Lionel toy trains and accessories eagerly await the latest edition of this definitive annual guide. With current pricing and invaluable reference information for prewar, postwar, and modern trains, this is the guide they need when buying, selling, or trading any Lionel toy train or accessory.


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

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