Here below is the first Dorodango that I made basically using the instructions defined in the following link:

It is a Japanese technique that uses only with common earth and water. I find it pleasant to do and it lets me understand much better the properties of earth. That knowledge comes very handy when you are making a mud house with cheap and easily accessible materials (just dig a hole to get them).

Making it is fast and fun and lets you understand stucco techniques better. The surface is cold, very soft, and shiny. It can be used to make a pretty and classy surface (wall or ground), made with the most common material on earth: earth.

It can easily be made water proof or at least quite water resistant. That comes handy if you want to use the technique for a wall in a bathroom or in the exterior.

Its very pleasant to do, I recommend it to anyone, you just need earth, a bit of water and preferably a dry day. Kids love to do it too and you end up with a pretty piece of decoration at the end.

It is funny to remark that all the people I have showed it too and ask what they thought it was responded something else than mud, they most think it is some kind of metal, or stone, or marble.

Best wishes for all !

Here are more pictures about dorodangos I made:

Photo on 4-12-16 at 09.26

2 thoughts on “Dorodango”

  1. Nice. I made several 3 years ago and recently I made several. mine are dark brown almost black.
    did you add any sand?
    I find i have to dry them very very slow if only clay.
    you fired one?

    1. I took earth mud just from outside of a friends house. I estimate by its feeling that it was about 50% clay and 50% bigger particles of sand.

      I tried to make some before but they did not end up being nice because I did not follow the correct steps. Those ones I fired them but without protecting them from the smoke so the ended up black. Pretty nice too because they did not lose the shine.

      This one is brown, and still is inside, but in the last steps, when it was still a bit humid, I added by rubbing over it some yellow clay. That made it superficially yellow and with an uneven mixed color.

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