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The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions

The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions Lowest new price: $5.31
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Author: Yoshihito Isogawa
Brand: Brand: No Starch Press

The LEGO® Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions is a collection of hundreds of working examples of simple yet fascinating Technic models that you can build based on their pictures alone. Each project uses color-coded pieces and is photographed from multiple angles, making it easy to see how the models are assembled without the need for step-by-step instructions. Every model illustrates a different principle, concept, or mechanism that will inspire your own original creations. You're encouraged to use these elements as building blocks to create your own masterpieces.

The Technic models in Fantastic Contraptions include working catapults, crawling spiders, and bipedal walkers, as well as gadgets powered by fans, propellers, springs, magnets, and vibration. You'll even learn how to add lights, pneumatics, and solar panels to your own models.

This visual guide, the third in the three-volume LEGO Technic Idea Book series, is the brainchild of master builder Yoshihito Isogawa of Tokyo, Japan. Each title is filled with photos of Isogawa's unique models, all of which are designed to fire the imaginations of LEGO builders young and old.

Imagine. Create. Invent. Now, what will you build?

NOTE: The LEGO Technic Idea Book series uses parts from various Technic sets. If you don't have some of the pieces shown in a particular model, experiment by substituting your own parts or visit the author's website for a list of the special parts used in the book.

Features:

  • Used Book in Good Condition

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The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders

The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders Lowest new price: $0.99
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Author: Yoshihito Isogawa
Brand: Brand: No Starch Press

The LEGO® Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders is a collection of hundreds of mechanisms for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles that you can build based on their pictures alone. Each project uses color-coded pieces and is photographed from multiple angles, making it easy to see how the models are assembled without the need for step-by-step instructions. Every model illustrates a different principle, concept, or mechanism that will inspire your own original creations. You're encouraged to use these elements as building blocks to create your own masterpieces.

The Technic models in Wheeled Wonders spin or move things, drag race, haul heavy gear, bump off walls, wind up and go, and much more. You'll discover how to build differential gears, implement steering and suspension, and design clutch and transmission systems to use in your own vehicles.

This visual guide, the second in the three-volume LEGO Technic Idea Book series, is the brainchild of master builder Yoshihito Isogawa of Tokyo, Japan. Each title is filled with photos of Isogawa's unique models, all of which are designed to fire the imaginations of LEGO builders young and old.

Imagine. Create. Invent. Now, what will you build?

NOTE: The LEGO Technic Idea Book series uses parts from various Technic sets. If you don't have some of the pieces shown in a particular model, experiment by substituting your own parts or visit the author's website for a list of the special parts used in the book.

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  • Used Book in Good Condition

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Michael LaFosse's Origami Airplanes: 28 Easy-to-Fold Paper Airplanes from America's Top Origami Designer!: Includes Paper Airplane Book, 28 Projects and DVD

Michael LaFosse's Origami Airplanes: 28 Easy-to-Fold Paper Airplanes from America's Top Origami Designer!: Includes Paper Airplane Book, 28 Projects and DVD Lowest new price: $9.12
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Author: Michael G. LaFosse

**2017 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award Winner**

Make the best paper airplanes around with this easy-to-follow origami book.

Enthralled with origami from a young age, world renowned origami and paper crafter Michael LaFosse has used those skills to design and perfect paper airplanes for decades. In Michael Lafosse's Origami Airplanes, LaFosse presents 28 original paper origami models that incorporate innovative functional and aesthetic details like faceted flaps, ailerons, canards and spoilers that really work. The sense of proportion and balance, and an ingenious nose and fuselage locking system, define these signature models, which are instant classics. Readers accustomed to folding simple darts and wings will bet thrilled and challenged by the folding maneuvers in these pages.

Michael Lafosse's Origami Airplanes comes with great value—included are:

  • 28 fun-to-do projects
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Expert tips on techniques and folds
  • Easy-to-follow DVD video tutorial
Great for paper airplane enthusiasts as well as fans of unique origami works and parents with kids. Scissors, tape, glue are not required! In addition to teaching the skills to create the planes, this unique paper craft book provides expert advice on:
  • How to select and prepare the best folding paper for each plane.
  • How to balance aesthetics, performance and fun when designing your own planes.
  • Helpful tips on control surfaces, and how to manipulate them for the best flights.
  • Tips on launching different types of planes to get the best possible glide.
  • A discussion of aerodynamics and how it relates to paper airplane performance.
Paper airplane models include:
  • Lock Nose Dart
  • Flying Fox
  • Shuttle Dart
  • F-102 Delta Jet
  • Nifty Fifty
  • And many more…

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A Beginners' Guide to the Dolls' House Hobby: Revised and Expanded Edition

A Beginners' Guide to the Dolls' House Hobby: Revised and Expanded Edition Lowest new price: $7.19
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Author: Jean Nisbett
Brand: Tauton Press

Jean Nisbett’s classic volume gets a welcome update and expansion—making it a practical, accessible introduction to all the basics, with lavish images and easy-to-follow hints that help beginners save time and avoid costly mistakes. Nisbett explains how to choose and build a house from a kit; handle a period building; furnish the interior; create charming shops; and plan a dolls’ house that will enchant a child—and actually stand up to play. Equipment and materials, finishes, decoration, decorative detail, gardens and renovation all receive in-depth coverage, while checklists set out a logical order for work.

Features:

  • A practical, accessible introduction to all the basics, with lavish images and easy-to-follow hints that help beginners save time and avoid costly mistakes

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Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys: Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects

Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys: Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects Lowest new price: $8.39
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Author: Susan B. Anderson
Brand: Susan B Anderson

Susan B. Anderson's fifth book--her most enchanting yet--turns the spotlight on "reversibles": knitted projects that are two toys in one. This collection of a dozen delightful toys features a dog in a doghouse, a chrysalis with a fluttery surprise inside, a tiny hidden fairy, a vintage toy with a fabled theme to boot, pigs in a blanket, and much more.

The adorable photographic sequences and the playful and energetic line drawings show how each finished reversible can be turned inside out to reveal its companion toy. Projects are arranged in order from simplest (fine for a beginner) to the most challenging. Finally, the book features tutorials from the author (a great knitting teacher), explaining special techniques: how to apply any applique, how to do the stem stitch, how to embroider "eyes" on the Bunny and Lamb, and 14 more. It all adds up to the best knitting book of the season.

Features:

  • Topsy Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys Magical Two in One Reversible Projects

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Making Pipe Cleaner Pets (Design Originals)

Making Pipe Cleaner Pets (Design Originals) Lowest new price: $7.25
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Author: Boutique-Sha Of Japan
Brand: Design Originals
Model: DO-5431

Twist, bend, and shape pipe cleaners into 23 different dog breeds! This adorable book shows you how to craft a realistic likeness of your favorite pooch using only a few colorful chenille stems and some inexpensive craft supplies. Popular featured breeds include Boston Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, French Bulldogs, Labrador Retrievers, Toy Poodles, and many more. Each project includes step-by-step instructions, bend-by-bend illustrations, and stem measurements to aid in creating the perfect doggie. Kids and adults alike will enjoy making these quirky canines.

Features:

  • Making Pipe Cleaner Pets
  • Shape pipe cleaners into twenty-three different dog breeds with this book
  • Softcover; 87 pages

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Wooden Puzzles: 20 Handmade Puzzles and Brain Teasers

Wooden Puzzles: 20 Handmade Puzzles and Brain Teasers Lowest new price: $15.24
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Author: Brian Menold
Brand: imusti

What could be better than a woodworking project that expands your woodworking skills, results in a gallery-worthy project that will bring hours of entertainment, and could even make a dent in your pile of scrap wood? 20 of those projects compiled into one great book. In Wooden Puzzles, master puzzle maker BRIAN MENOLD takes you step-by-step through the construction of 20 ingenious puzzle designs. With plenty of clear photographs and illustrations along the way, you’ll have no problem creating beautiful puzzles of your own no matter what your skill level. The final puzzles range from relatively simple to solve to devilishly difficult so the fun doesn’t end when the projects are complete.

Features:

  • Taunton Press

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Make Your Own Teddy Bears: Instructions and Full-Size Patterns for Jointed and Unjointed Bears and Their Clothing (Dover Needlework)

Make Your Own Teddy Bears: Instructions and Full-Size Patterns for Jointed and Unjointed Bears and Their Clothing (Dover Needlework) Lowest new price: $8.84
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Author: Doris King
Brand: Doris King

Teddy Bear fanciers, make your own and enjoy every loving stitch as well as the delightful finished product! This easy-to-follow, single-volume guide is the only book you need to create a charming one-of-a-kind collection of everybody's favorite stuffed toy.
Expert bear maker Doris King provides complete instructions and patterns for making both jointed and unjointed bears, plus full-size, ready-to-use patterns for a variety of outfits: suit, shirt, slacks, shorts, tank top, dress, bonnet, pinafore, pajamas, jogging suit — even a chef's apron. What's more, the bears and their wardrobe can be made on a sewing machine.
Create traditional Teddies out of mohair or alpaca, use the modern synthetic furs available in a variety of colors and textures, or make attractive, inexpensive bears from corduroy, calico, gingham, chintz, or patchwork. Varying the type of fabric and the size and type of eyes will give each of your bears a distinctive personality.
In addition to a full discussion of fabrics, you'll find advice on stuffing materials (for soft, cuddly bears and firm, sturdy ones), placing and cutting out pattern pieces, sewing techniques, and much else. Clear step-by-step instructions show how to create your own collection of lovable bears, while illustrations on the cover suggest color schemes for the charming toys.
Ideal for nursery, playroom, and any other room, these huggable handmade Teddies made perfect gifts. Sew up a denful for yourself and everyone who deserves a special bear hug.

Features:

  • Make Your Own Teddy Bears Instructions and Full Size Patterns for Jointed and Unjointed Bears and Their Clothing

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Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO (Brick...LEGO Series)

Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO (Brick...LEGO Series) Lowest new price: $4.99
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Author: Warren Elsmore
Brand: Brand: Barron's Educational Series

Brick City is a model builder’s festival in book form. What lends special distinction to the models is the way they’re constructed. Each is made entirely of LEGO bricks! Known for decades as a favorite children’s toy, LEGO bricks have entered the adult model builder’s repertoire in recent years. Author and model maker Warren Elsmore presents instructions for neophyte LEGO modelers plus plans for constructing specific buildings and landmarks, along with vivid photos of completed LEGO models. The models represent landmarks from all over the world, and include―

  • St. Basil's Cathedral
  • New York’s New World Trade Center
  • The Arc de Triomphe
  • Rome’s Colosseum
  • A London taxicab
  • Hong Kong ferries
  • Buckingham Palace. . . and many others

    Featuring amazing photos of LEGO models, and scale drawings of structural details to guide model builders, Brick City presents a modeler’s panorama of contemporary urban landscapes. More than 400 illustrations in color and black and white.

    BONUS POSTERS: Enclosed with the book are two dramatic posters featuring LEGO® model photos of architectural world landmarks. The posters, which are suitable for framing, unfold to 17 1/2" x 24 3/4"

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    • Used Book in Good Condition

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  • Making Waldorf Dolls: Creative Doll-Making with Children (Crafts and family Activities)

    Making Waldorf Dolls: Creative Doll-Making with Children (Crafts and family Activities) Lowest new price: $13.95
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    List price: $30.00
    Author: Maricristin Sealey
    Brand: Maricristin Sealey

    It is a beautiful thing, says Maricristin Sealey, "to craft a doll with your own hands, sew it together with love, then make a gift of it to your child with the words, 'I made this for you!'"

    This comprehensive, well-illustrated book will give even the most nervous beginner the confidence to produce a unique, handcrafted toy from natural materials. Once you have mastered the basic baby dolls, you can progress to the more ambitious limbed and jointed dolls.

    Includes:

    • ten designs including soft, baggy, pouch, angel, sack and limbed dolls
    • instructions for knitted, sewn and embroidered hairstyles, lots of patterns for dolls' clothes and accessories
    • help with tools, techniques and materials
    • ideas for recycling clothing for dollmaking and where to get materials
    This new edition is published with a completely revised resource list.

    “A comprehensive guide to doll-making. The best instructions for doing hair styles that I have seen.” ―Judy Quick, handwork teacher

    “Maricristin's book is a fine source for the beginner doll maker. It is a valuable primer, full of practical tips, simple designs and clear, easy to follow instructions.” ―Sara MacDonald, Magic Cabin Dolls Company

    Features:

    • Making Waldorf Dolls

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