It’s been a while since the last post, but I’ve got a cool little post for you guys today. I’ve been working on two cool crafty things recently.
Firstly, my brothers Reid and Graham, and I have been working to make these traditional Japanese things called “dorodango’s.” They’re really just balls of mud that you dry out and polish to a shine. Fittingly, dorodango means “shiny mud ball.” This is the basic process of making a dorodango:
- Get a handful of mud.
- Form said mud into a ball.
- Cover the surface of you mud ball with dry dust. Gently rub the dust into the surface of your dorodango-in-progress until it feels dry(ish).
- Put your mudball in a plastic bag and place it on a towel or something soft. The plastic bag will act like a sauna, drawing the moisture from the center of your ball.
- After a half hour or so, take your ball out of the bag and repeat steps 3 & 4, leaving the ball in the bag longer each time.
- After the ball is pretty dry (for me, it’s after 2 days or so. Use your better judgment on this because I could very easily be doing this wrong), take some really fine dust and rub it onto the surface of the ball for an hour or so.
- Polish your dorodango with a soft cloth.
The drawn-out process of making a dorodango illustrated 1Cor 9:26-27 very well for me. I started out with a ball of mud in my hand. Nothing more than an ugly, squishy, slimy ball of wet dirt. At the beginning of my first one, I knew what it was supposed to look like at the end, but I had a tenuous grasp on the creation process and no idea what problems would pop up on my way to completion. Day after day, I would crouch in my garden, pouring dirt over top of a dirtball. My neighbors would peer over at me curiously, and eventually suspiciously. I continued on, not because of the ball of mud in my hand, but because I knew that it would eventually be a dorodango.
Seconably, I finally made a successful silk screened shirt (pictured above). Just to give you a quick rundown, it took me six separate tries, and six different catastrophic mistakes, to finally get a successful print.
I love you guys. God bless.