Dorodango: Shiny Balls of Mud

Dorodango “are balls of mud, molded by hand into perfect spheres, dried, and polished to an unbelievable luster. The process is simple, but the result makes it seem like alchemy”

It’s a Japanese art form in which earth and water are molded and which requires both patience and concentration.

In Bruce Gardner’s website there is the technique to create them. It looks very simple, but in reality I think it’s very hard, because I read that you might have to make many attempts beforemaking a perfect ball without cracks.
This will be my future project: to create a spectacular mud ball!

How to Make Shiny Dorodango

1. Pack some mud into your hand, and squeeze out the water while forming a sphere.
2. Add some dry dirt to the outside and continue to gently shape the mud into a sphere.
3. When the mass dries, pack it solid with your hands, and rub the surface until a smooth film begins to appear.
4. Rub your hands against the ground, patting and rubbing the fine, powdery dirt onto the sphere. Continue this for two hours.
5. Seal the ball in a plastic bag for three or four hours. Upon removing the sphere, repeat step 4, and then once again seal the sphere in a plastic bag.
6. Remove the ball from the bag, and if it is no longer wet, polish it with a cloth until it shines.

Resources with images:

Kyoto Professor Taps into the Essence of Play

Step by step guide

Dorodango

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