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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 & 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.


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!

Titles just released in Kalmbach's Hobby Line

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.


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

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