Shiny mud balls

Here’s an interesting thing: Japanese children have taken to making shiny balls of mud. Read an article about it, then follow the instructions yourself. See how shiny you can make your mud:

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.

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