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Hikaru Dorodango by EruwaedhielElleth Hikaru Dorodango by EruwaedhielElleth
So, this is my less-than-perfect attempt at a doradango. (polished mud ball) I read about these about a year or so back, and I've been trying to make a good one since. It's a sphere made entirely of fine dirt particles and water, and the goal is to get it as perfect and shiny as possible. Who says you're ever too old to play in the dirt?! XD

This about the third time I've tried one, and although I didn't get a high polish on it, at least it didn't crack! Here's a few websites with more information on what hikaru dorodango are, and photos of what a finished dorodango is supposed to look like. Mine doesn't come close, I'm afraid. With a well-made one, you could swear you were looking at a glass ball, there's no way to tell it was made from only dirt!

There are also some instructions on these sites to make your own, it's a surprisingly fun and satisfying activity. :P


I believe the people on the show Mythbusters made dorodango once, only, they used something other than dirt... o.O
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Talty Feb 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
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Thank you very much for featuring my creation! :D
TheEmerald Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have always wanted to make one of these! How long did it take?
I think I worked on this one over the course of two days, I didn't count the hours exactly, but if I had to approximate, I would says about 6 or 7 making the ball, (including the resting times) and after it had dried a bit, another 1 or 2 hours putting on a very fine coating of dust and polishing. If I had been slower maybe I would have had better results, I think the shell of this one is very thin.
TheEmerald Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It still looks quite nice to me. I am jealous!
Maybe some day I will get a chance to make one too~
digikijo Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing. I actually never heard of this.
And while you might think it's not perfect, I think it looks great. Getting this perfect round shape, just made of soil and water, unbelievable.
Thank you! I guess I just really want to make a shiny one! It's easy to notice all the little rough spots when you're working so closely on the details of something. :)
digikijo Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I understand that :nod:
But, isn't there a possibility to make it shiny? or is it just too late now?
I'm not sure? I think it's best to do it while there's a little moisture remaining. It might not be too late to put a higher polish on it, but I think the shell on this is very thin, and going much further is likely to crack it. It also might depend on the type of dirt used, I think a type with a little more clay in it just might get shinier. The next time I try this, I'll go slower and try to build up more of a shell, then polish longer and see what happens. :)
digikijo Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Be sure to show us the result :) I'm curious to see it.
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