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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

Chain Mail + Color

Designer Vanessa Walilko adds colorful aluminum scales, washers, and disks to aluminum jump rings for a fun and fresh new perspective on chain mail jewelry. With just a few techniques and easy weaves to master, even beginning jewelry makers can create colorful, stylish jewelry they won’t find anywhere else!

• Projects include 20 unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more.
• Color variations offer even more ideas for making gorgeous jewelry pieces.
• Aluminum is lightweight, affordable, easy to work with, and strong.


Stitching with Two-Hole Shaped Beads

Learn a NEW technique for the hottest beads! In Stitching with Two-Hole Shaped Beads, Virginia Jensen offers 30+ gorgeous bracelets, earrings, and collars made with herringbone, peyote, step stitch, right-angle weave, and more — including Virginia’s own “cluster stitch,” a brand-new stitch! The projects are easy enough for beginners and offer never-before-seen techniques for intermediate jewelry makers.

Fiber & Cord Jewelry

With just a few alterations – a snip, a turn, a twist – Ashley Bunting transforms common stringing materials into bright, beautiful jewelry. Add a few everyday components like gemstones, findings, and chain, and colorful paracord becomes a bouquet of flowers. Natural fibers become the focal point of a sea-inspired bracelet. Leather becomes a pair of fun, fashionable earrings. Easy-to-follow instructions make getting started a snap — and even beginners can create modern, upscale jewelry in an afternoon or a weekend!

• All 25 projects are as fun to wear as they are to make, and many come together in just a few hours.
• Gemstones, cord findings, crystals, and chain complement paracord, hemp, leather, ribbon, and more in one-of-a-kind pieces.
• Beginning jewelry makers, bead stringers, and anyone who works with fiber and cord will enjoy finding new ways to show off these colorful and versatile materials.

Chain Mail & Wire Reimagined

Chain Mail & Wire Reimagined unites chain mail and wire techniques to create jewelry with an entirely new look! Jewelry makers will first learn how to shape wire motifs into diamonds, ovals, twists, and more. These wire shapes will then act as decorative links, connecting traditional chain mail weaves. The resulting jewelry is both glamorous and wearable for all occasions.

The 18 elegant projects include necklaces, pendants, and bracelets. The instructions are broken down step-by-step with process photos and illustrations, using common tools, wire, and jump rings. Anyone who enjoys wirework or chain mail will be able to pick up this book and make the projects with success.

Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads

Feature Crystals in Fun, Fashionable Jewelry!

Stitchers love the new two-hole seed beads, but projects that showcase these popular products have been hard to find. In Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads, Carolyn Cave offers 29 new projects that explore the design possibilities of these popular bead shapes. The result? Fresh and creative jewelry for everyday wear
or a special night out!

Ever since the new two-hole beads were introduced, bead stitchers have been searching for creative ways to use them. Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads adapts common stitches — peyote, netting, right-angle weave, and herringbone — for use with these hot new products. Stitchers can pick their favorite techniques and get started quickly on creating beautiful, wearable bracelets, earrings, ropes, and more.

Titles just released in Kalmbach's Hobby Line

DCC Projects & Applications Vol. 3

Digital Command Control (DCC) has greatly increased in popularity in recent years. Yet, most modelers need help navigating this tricky technology. DCC Projects & Applications, Volume 3 provides step-by-step instructions and how-to tips to show modelers how to set up, maintain, and operate DCC systems. This includes everything from layout wiring to decoder installation to light and sound effects. It also features information on the latest software, technology and upgraded manufacturer items.


The Model Railroader's Guide to Grain

This book is the newest entry to the “Guide to Industry” series. It is ideally suited for model railroaders who want to realistically model grain elevators, flour, and feed mills. This is the only book on the market that covers the grain industry from the early days to the present.


Guide to Narrow Gauge Modeling

This book provides an entry point for any modeler interested in building a narrow gauge layout. Narrow gauge railroads remain popular among railfans and modelers due to the spectacular mountain scenery in which many operated. Although narrow gauge layouts have a passionate niche following, there are very few books on this subject.
•    The book is an overview of prototype narrow gauge railroading as well as available models.
•    This is a one-stop book for introducing modelers to the subject of narrow gauge railroading.
•    It explains why and where narrow gauge railroads were built, how they operated, what their equipment was like, and why they were abandoned.

Model Railroads Go To War

Model Railroads Go to War is the only book that covers a large scope of model railroading wartime scenes. Written by veteran author Bernard Kempinski, it spans the American Civil War through Operation Iraqi Freedom. This guide provides detailed modeling information and historical insight, making it ideal an ideal choice for both modelers and history buffs. It also includes:
•    A rare combination of historical text and photos.
•    Step-by-step instructions.
•    Track plans that illustrate how to model a military railroad from various time periods.


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.
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