Speaking of faux effects, the Polymer Chef column doesn't look bad, either (if I do say so). The recipes for this issue are turquoise and starry jasper. The inlay-look necklace made with these two materials is (IMHO) the coolest piece of jewelry I've made in a while. In fact, I like it so much, I'm wearing it in my latest profile picture. A full step-by-step tutorial accompanies the recipes.
Be Challenged!If you enjoy concocting your own faux effects in polymer, you should definitely enter the PolymerCAFÉ "Faux What?" challenge (entry form, p. 61). The deadline is August 31, so you still have a little time to make something fabulous and original.
A Blast from the PastTo get your juices flowing, I'd like to share the first faux recipe I ever published. It appeared in Polymer Clay Polyzine in 2003. The materials list doesn't include the latest products, and my bio is out-of-date, but my good friend Bridget Downey, of Asheville, NC, says it's still her go-to tutorial for wood-grain effects.
I hope you're inspired. I look forward to seeing your own creations soon!