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Published: June 28, 2008
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Titles just released in Kalmbach's Jewelry-Making and Beading Line

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.


Introducing Albion Stitch

In the art of bead stitching, “new” stitches tend to be variations of old favorites, and truly new stitches are extremely rare. In Introducing Albion Stitch, Heather Kingsley-Heath teaches bead stitchers her own Albion stitch, a new invention that can be used to create flat pieces, lacy designs, and stunning dimensional “ridged” pieces. Beaders can use Albion stitch alongside their old favorite stitches to make 20 new projects they won’t find anywhere else.


Beautiful Elements

Artist Heather Powers teaches simple techniques for making custom wire and metal clasps, links, chains, pendants, headpins, and other components that are usually purchased. Jewelry makers can then experiment and combine components to create truly personalized, one-of-a-kind finished necklaces and earrings.

• Techniques include wire shaping, metal texturing and sketching, adding color with polymer clay, and more.
• Jewelry makers can try the simple techniques in a variety of materials to achieve different looks.
• 30+ projects for jewelry makers eager to personalize every project.


Jewelry Designs with Knitted Wire

Get the look of intricate, beaded wirework, simply by stitching! Nealay Patel introduces over 30 fun, innovative designs, each stitched on a shining frame of knitted wire. This beautiful knitted wire cord is the perfect backdrop for easy beadwoven designs, and jewelry makers can choose from a wide range of colors, sizes, and looks. Nealay’s easy-to-follow photos and illustrations guide jewelry makers through each step as they make gorgeous necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and earrings.


Chain Mail Elegance

Use crystals, twisted jump rings, and other sparkly elements to create 30 eye-catching necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Sue Ripsch uses traditional chain mail weaves with a twist to create her pieces, and each project is fully illustrated with a lot of photographs and tips. This book offers the specific look of quality, lasting jewelry pieces that are wearable every day.


Weekend Wirework

Loop, wrap, and coil your way to one-of-a-kind jewelry! Weekend Wirework teaches you simple wireworking skills — looping, wrapping, and coiling — and how to use them to create beautiful earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Add your favorite beads, gemstones, or crystals, and in no time at all you'll have pretty jewelry you'll be proud to call your own. The 15+ projects include design alternatives, as well as simple instructions and clear photos.

Titles just released in Kalmbach's Hobby Line

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.


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.

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.

Wiring for Your Model Railroad

If model railroaders could own one book about wiring, this would be the best choice. In Wiring Your Model Railroad, Larry Puckett provides a helpful overview of all things wiring, including traditional wiring and DCC. This is the first wiring book any modeler should buy, and it’s a useful reference guide for experienced modelers. Most importantly, it is the first book any publisher has released on this topic in 15 years. So, it’s the most current and reliable source of model railroad wiring information you’ll find anywhere.


Freight Cars of the '40's and '50's

Jeff Wilson’s latest release is a guide to railroad cars operated during one of modeling’s most popular eras. Modelers can use the book’s highly detailed historical information as inspiration to create realistic models. They’ll find background on cargo carried by various types of cars, information on putting together a realistic freight car fleet, as well as prototype paint schemes and detailing.


Airbrushing for Scale Modelers

In this book, popular author Aaron Skinner provides a comprehensive guide to airbrushing. Inside this indispensable tool, scale modelers will find:

•    Advice for modeling armor, aircraft, automobiles, figures, ships, and more.
•    600+ step-by-step photos.
•    Practical techniques every scale modeler should know.

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