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You did /what/ with mud??
Shiny mud balls are awesome. Also known as Dorodango they're kinda a thing in Japanese kindergartens, preschools... so of course I had to try it! This is what happened after three days of work and many failed attemps. Stupid online how tos.

I will post a how to for this, but right now I'm just happy that after three days of work I have something to show for it. I'll link to another site that has the instructions, but I'll put mine up because the ones I used left out a whole lot of little crucial details.

It's made with water and dirt. That's it. No polish, no coating. The shine comes just from the tiny, tiny particles of dirt. And look! Some shine!

I think my next one will look more awesome

Explination for difficulty: My little brother can do this... but dang. Getting something even remotely cool takes FOREVER. I guess everyone will understand when I get the how to up.

Posted by Violinagin D. from West Monroe, Louisiana, United States • Published See Violinagin D.'s 9 projects »
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Violinagin D.
Violinagin D. · West Monroe, Louisiana, US · 9 projects
I'm going to add one as soon as I get one that looks good. Right now I've just got a new job (ugh) and though I still get to do crafts, it's not an all day thing. And Dorodango take sooo much time for each one!
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Lucy F.
Lucy F. · Newport, Wales, GB · 1 project
so when are you going to add your own tutorial? i think they look really cool, and i was looking at the how-to you left a link for, but it was difficult to understand sometimes.
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Violinagin D.
Violinagin D. · West Monroe, Louisiana, US · 9 projects
I know! We have a ton of those cannonballs around (for some reason) and it was odd how similar they looked. I actually cheated a bit on another dorodango I made and it turned out SO COOL! It was metallic SILVER! I'm doing more to see if I can make 'em look cooler with different colors, but I can't wait to show my secret ingrediant!
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DIS.AR.RAY
DIS.AR.RAY · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 32 projects
OHHHHHH! SHINEY!! Happy lol. Happy

I like it! Its so completely random and SHINEH! Happy lol.

Thats actually really cool how its just dirt and water... and it creates a very old metal look..

OH I KNOW, I thought it reminded me of something when I saw it, with the bumps and the very reduced shine, one of those REALLY old cannon balls! Happy
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1428 projects
Those are really pretty, my mum was wanting to make some.
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Violinagin D.
Violinagin D. · West Monroe, Louisiana, US · 9 projects
*giggles* I feel the same way about art...
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Rockin'Reptile
Rockin'Reptile
but what do you..use it for?
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Violinagin D.
Violinagin D. · West Monroe, Louisiana, US · 9 projects
Huh, it erased my other comment...

I just used back yard dirt. It's Louisiana, so it's sandy clay. Very red clay. I'm surprised it isn't red.

As for durability, I don't think it's that durable, but it's a lot stronger than I would have thought. It's no dirt clod. But, with water or a good drop, I'm sure it'll be dust in the wind.
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Kalli
Kalli · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 13 projects
It kind of reminds me of a Chinese massage ball thing. How durable is it?
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Jessie H.
Jessie H. · Indianapolis, Indiana, US · 12 projects
Those look cool =] what kind of dirt did you use?
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