18 February 2006

Shiny mud balls

Dorodango

I read about dorodango (Japanese shiny mud balls) a while back, but then Edward pointed out that they're a great kid hack. Of course, he's right. Making dorodango encourages experimentation, persistence (it takes quite a while to make that mud ball shine), and is good, dirty fun. A Kyoto professor developed instructions even preschoolers can follow.

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This sounds like a technique to do 'Terra Sigillata', an ancient, glazeless burnishing which gives a glazelike shine to pottery, even after firing. This link has some more info http://www.bigceramicstore.com/Information/tip62.htm

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