Dorodango The Strange Art Of Creating A Perfect Mud Ball

Samuel Reason | May 25th, 2019

Hikaru Dorodango is the Japanese Art of perfecting a sphere out of a lump of dirt. If you translate the word Hikaru Dorodango it literally means shiny dumpling, it is the act of turning regular dirt into a slowly crafted perfect looking shiny spheres. And though it may look easy, it is a complicated art that requires years to master.

The object actually takes many hours and much patience to create, as the creator has to slowly add finer particles of dirt to create each layer painfully slow. And then depending on the overall effect the artist is going for, there may even be a piece of cloth used as the final layer. This will give the final layer of varnish a shiny sheen that is seen in the likes of a billiard or snooker ball.

And though you may think that these boulders are much like rocks, a completed dorodango is extremely fragile and delicate. This means these shiny spheres of dirt have to be handled with extreme care. It is said that the art is more focused on the meditative benefit of creating the sphere than actually the longevity of the artwork.

The process is not too complicated it just requires much patiences, the art uses mud. The creator has to mold earth and water together to create the shiny sphere, layer by layer. First you must carefully shape the sphere by hand until it is as round as possible. Then comes the drying process, and once the core has dried then you can carefully dust your dorodango ball with a layer of finely sifted soil to create a beautiful final layer around the core.

These steps can be repeated several times which allows the artist to produce the smooth and shiny surface they look for. The process is known to take over 7 hours to complete and one mistake could cause the dorodango ball to break completely. They have also featured in popular culture such as mythbusters, where they used the technique behind dorodango to show that it was possible to polish a turd.

Next Article
  • A Fetus Can Save A Mother’s Damaged Organs

    In what can only be described as a miracle worker, it is possible that a pregnant mother can be saved by her baby from the womb. In reports where a mother’s organs were critically damaged, doctors have seen fetus send stem cells to repair them. It shows how amazing the human body is, the miracle...

    Read More
  • Top 20 Coolest Movie Cars

    Over the years, film has churned out some of the most famous and legendary cars ever. Cars have been used not only as staples in movies, but sometimes even as characters. And in some films like “The Fast and The Furious”, the cars are just as important as the characters; kind of like extensions of...

    Read More
  • The Tragic Story Of How Smallpox Claimed Its Last Victim

    Smallpox was thought to have been eradicated across the whole world, yet in 1978 the last known case of smallpox was reported, and it led to the death of 40-year-old photographer Janet Parker. So how in the world did this disease turn up in Britain’s second-biggest city? Janet Parker was...

    Read More
  • The Creator Of The Sims Lost His Own House To Fire

    There is a certain panic when all your The Sims characters start to run around like ducks, scared of the impending doom of fire. Some players can react and call the fire brigade, or grab an extinguisher - yet others just panic along with their virtual gamer counterparts and well that means losing everything you...

    Read More
  • The Scientist Who Used A Nuclear Bomb To Light A Cigarette

    Forgot your lighter? Then you would probably ask your colleagues or someone you saw smoking on the street, well that was too easy for the American scientist Ted Taylor who in 1952 decided a better option would be to light his cigarette with a nuclear bomb. That's right, a nuclear explosion was used to light...

    Read More
  • The Secret Atlantic U-Boat Attacks Of World War II

    On January 13, 1942, German U-boats began their campaign on the Eastern Seaboard of North America, targeting merchant ships and oil tankers. And for the next seven months, they dominated the waters off the East Coast. German U-boat captains loved to be assigned to this region as it was an easy place to rack up...

    Read More
  • Humans Are Not The Only Species That Likes To Get Drunk

    Veterinary doctors around Northern Australia are used to the giant influx of parrots found on the streets being brought in for check-ups periodically throughout the year. They have dubbed it the drunken parrot season. A period of the year when the Red-collared lorikeets decide to get completely intoxicated and tipsy off natural brews. [caption id="attachment_9734"...

    Read More
  • Broccoli Is A Man-Made Plant And Is Never Found In The Wild

    Ever walked through nature and said wow that's beautiful broccoli growing over there. No, you never have, and never will do. That is because you will simply never find broccoli growing out in the wild. Never has anyone walked through a forest and gazed upon rows of wild broccoli. And the answer lies in its...

    Read More