Aluminum ball polishing, the latest Japanese craze!

Aluminum foil isn't the most inspiring material. It's practical, but that seems about all... It helps to keep food fresh in the fridge and it's useful when cooking in an oven, but it’s also highly carcinogenic and if a bit gets into your mouth it can react with amalgam fillings. In other words it's not a material that we'd call fun. Or maybe it is? The Japanese have come up with an idea that makes this humble wrapping a lot more interesting!

It involves making balls that are then polished to perfection! And the competition's stiff when it comes to who can make the shiniest, roundest, sturdiest aluminum ball! The idea was born out of boredom. The objective? To form the perfect ball and it’s an idea that’s taken Japan by storm! Forget video games; the Japanese are now enjoying a more manual pastime. Plus it's a really cheap way to while away time!

If this all sounds a bit weird, then read on and discover more about this latest creative craze!

1. It all starts with a simple ball of aluminum

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2. Followed by a lot of determination!

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3. You need to keep working it to make it perfectly round

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4. Which can be pretty exasperating!

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5. Thankfully, Japanese kids are known for their patience

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6. Ball polishing can take hours in order to get the right result!

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7. But, little by little, you'll get the shape you want

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8. A mystery product that manages to smooth the ball's surface

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9. You'd be forgiven for thinking it's a petanque ball!

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10. So shiny you can see your reflection

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11. Your patience will certainly pay off!

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12. Japanese social media is awash with photos of people's aluminum balls

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