Polymer Clay Mini Marshmallow Tutorial
If your dolls like marshmallows, this is your lucky day! Follow my easy tutorial and your dolls will have plenty of mini marshmallows for their cocoa. After you try mini marshmallows, you might like to make regular or jumbo marshmallows. If you make large marshmallows, you can put some of them on skewers before baking so your dolls can roast them. Follow the tutorial here (Bonfire Tutorial) if you need a campfire. Then break out the dolly graham crackers and make s’mores.
*Translucent polymer *White polymer
*a sharp craft knife or tissue blade *A baking sheet
First wash your hands and assemble your supplies. It is important to keep your tools, work surface and hands clean when you work with white polymer. These are the two polymers I like; Premo Sculpey in translucent and white.
Mix together two parts of white polymer with one part of translucent polymer. Blend well. You do not want any streaks in your blend. The polymer below needs a lot more blending, see the streaks? Your mix should not have any discernible streaks.
When you think it is blended well, roll the polymer thin so you can see any streaks. This looks good now.
Roll it into a firm ball; try to compress it so you don’t have any air bubbles. Keep a baby wipe or wet rag handy, white polymer attracts dust.
Begin rolling the ball into a long snake. I like to roll my polymer on a marble slab, ceramic tiles work well too. The tile keeps the polymer cool and the polymer does not stick to it. If you don’t have a tile you can cover your work surface with wax paper.
Keep rolling until the snake is the width you’d like for your marshmallows. I am making mini marshmallows for cocoa so my snake is approximately 7 mm wide (about ¼ of an inch). Food for an 18 inch doll is about 1/3 the size of real food. If you want a different size, measure the marshmallows you want to make then divide the measurements by 3. So, if you have real people marshmallows that are 3 cm tall, a doll size marshmallow would be 1 cm tall.
Use your sharp blade or exacto knife to trim off the ends. If you see an air bubble, keep trimming. You want your marshmallows to be solid. Air bubbles can cause them to break during curing.
Here the end looks solid.
Cut the polymer snake into sections approximately 8-9 mm long (about 5/16 of an inch long).
When you cut the sections, one side will flatten slightly. Gently roll each piece so the flat side is minimized.
Turn each piece so it is sitting on the cut end.
Gently push the top cut side, turn it over and very gently push on the other side. This causes the polymer to puff out slightly in the middle and gives it a puffy, marshmallow shape. Be careful on this step, you want to puff your marshmallow, not squish it!
When you’re happy with the shape, place it on your baking sheet. I line my baking sheet with parchment paper to minimize shiny spots. Remember, you need a pan that is only used for crafting. Polymer is not food safe and you should not use any of your polymer tools to prepare food. Make as many marshmallows as your doll needs. Bake according to the package directions.
You can make a few;
Or a few hundred! Enjoy!