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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 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.


Create Three Dimensional Jewelry

Inspired by the craftsmanship and attention to detail of early costume jewelry, Heather DeSimone demonstrates how to create fun, one-of-a-kind pieces by learning techniques for layering readily available components in Create Three Dimensional Jewelry.

Create Three Dimensional Jewelry offers advanced-beginner stringers and stitchers inventive ways add texture and depth to their designs. Jewelry makers will learn how to layer premade components, make beaded clusters, create beaded loops, weave seed beads, embellish filigree components, rivet stamped metal pieces, and more as they create 21 unique projects.

Enameling Made Easy

The power of color comes alive with Enameling Made Easy, a new book-with-DVD featuring a wide range of techniques for firing colorful enamel onto metal. Anat Silvera teaches jewelry makers multiple ways to create depth and texture with this rich medium as well as how to hone their metalworking skills — all using only an affordable handheld butane torch.

From traditional cloisonne to stylish sgraffito, Enameling Made Easy teaches how to add glorious color to metal.

Jewelry makers will find it easy to learn with this combination book and DVD workshop. The basics of setup, terms, tools, and techniques prepare jewelry makers for 25 varied projects that build confidence through hands-on learning. The bonus of watching techniques in action on the DVD assures success.

The recent resurgence of enameling for creating one-of-a-kind jewelry is exciting — but not many home jewelry makers have a kiln. No problem! All of the basics and projects in Enameling Made Easy focus on handheld torch-fired techniques that can be done at home. The short list of necessary tools and equipment make beautiful color on metal accessible and affordable for hobbyists everywhere.

Titles just released in Kalmbach's Hobby Line

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!

Workshop Tips and Projects for Model Railroaders

The book features a variety of simple tips and projects taken from recent Model Railroader’s Workshop columns and how-to articles and those first shown online in Cody’s Office. The projects cover tools, painting and decaling, weathering, track and wiring, structures, locomotives and freight cars, and scenery.

Structure Projects for Your Model Railroad

Realistic structures are an essential component of any successful model railroad layout, so hobbyists will appreciate this collection that guides them step by step through various structure modeling processes. They’ll learn to complete simple and complex scratchbuilding projects as well as kitbashing, detailing, and painting, discovering many techniques and materials they can apply to their own projects along the way.
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