Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dorodango

Recently, I came across a video showing how to make something potentially useless, made entirely of mud and dirt. Such thing is called Dorodango.

Wikipedia says that it's an art form in which earth and water are molded to create a delicate shiny sphere which looks simmilar to a marble or billiard ball. It originated in Japan.

Here you can find the video I've seen, just keep in mind that you have to skip through some sort of an advertisement first to watch it.

For those who would like to see what am I talking about without having to deal with some polish website, here you go:



1. First, we're going to need some mud, some dirt you used to make the mud in the first place, some close-to-powdery sand, a plastic bag or two and a LOT of patience.
2. Now, shape a ball with the mud, squeezing as much water out as it's possible.
3. Sprinkle the dirt onto it, keep rolling it with your hands. Repeat untill no more can stick to the sphere.
4. Do the same thing as in point 3, except that this time you need to use the sand.
5. After you're finished, rub your creation with your bare hands to get rid of whatever was left of the powder
6. Put the sphere in a plastic bag and place it in a fridge for about half an hour
7. Polish its surface with some soft material untill it becomes shiny!

That's it, I think I'll give this thing a try in a couple of days, because I'm going away on the 23rd July. I'll be back on the 2nd August. I'll write about it later.

Update: I fixed some typos I made, sorry for those...

30 comments:

  1. nice video, thanks 4 sharing! :D
    +followed

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  2. That's kind of bizarre. I like it.

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  3. Little useless isn't? I mean, you cannot do nothing with it xD

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  4. I see many useful tricks on your blog. Keep it on

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  5. @Orang3
    Maybe if you were having a snowball fight and wanted to have a bit of an advantage pelting balls made of mud.

    And creepy music is creepy.

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  6. Super awesome blog, will follow for sure fellow blogger ;)

    Check out my blog at www[dot]cpbmx[dot]info
    Obviously it's about bmx ;)

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  7. heh, if you really wanted to troll someone IRL, you could toss them the shiny mudball and when they catch it out of habit, you say "you know the old saying? you can polish a turd as much as you like bu in the end you're still playing with shit" :D

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  8. Must agree with You. Totally useless.

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  9. This will look sweet in my cottage house. Thanks you for this guide followd

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  10. Well that is new... might have to try that.

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  11. Dorodango balls truly are beautiful. Thanks for posting this, I have to try this out for myself!

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  12. Well, that looks nice and everything....but i wont be trying it hahahah i think id rather buy em or make my niece make em

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  13. Not really liking this one. I mean, it's just a polished dirt ball.
    Some of your older posts are pretty interesting though.. like the smoke grenade :), so +1 follow.

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  14. This is weird... But why am I so interested!
    Damn it!

    /follow

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  15. they are beautiful for decoration. They appear like stones :D

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  16. very nice :) waiting for more; D

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  17. Never...heard of that before. Haha. Looked pretty round at the end though. Learn something new everyday!

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  18. This will be good to reminisce about making mudpies when I was four years old. Except for the fact that I didn't refine them to shiny balls and not eat them. I shall follow you to see more.

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  19. stuff like this confuses me as to how people invented it in the first place

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  20. Ill be following. I think I saw something similar quiet a long time ago. I think it was for... an art class at elementary school? I don't remember. You have some blog here sir.

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  21. This is weird, but its still great! +1

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  22. The easiest way to create cheap art that you can convince some douche to buy for hundreds of dollars!!! LOL

    Following :)

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  23. hmmm, i had never heard of this before. pretty cool.
    +followed

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  24. very interesting. i try to do this evening!!!

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  25. looked cool. I'm going to try it

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