Making Russian Balls

Four Russian Balls I MadeRussian balls are juggling balls that were first popularized by Russian jugglers. Basically, they are sand-filled playpen balls. They make for a really nice juggling ball, because they have the appearance of a perfectly round stage ball, but are much easier to catch. Because of the sand, they are extremely bottom-heavy. This makes them great for things like foot catches and head balances. They can be a bit tricky to get used to if you are used to beanbags, but they do work well once you get used to them.

Using this guide, you can make about 80 Russian Balls for $20 or so. That's 25 cents a ball! That's amazingly cheap for a good quality juggling ball. You can find places on the Net where others will sell this ball to you for $6.

Things You Will Need

Steps to Making a Ball

Initially, you will probably want to go through the entire process for one ball at a time. Once you get the hang of it, I find it more productive to do it as an assembly line, doing each step for multiple balls (8–10 at a time).
  1. Make an incision in the ball for the sand to go into.
  2. Fill the ball with sand.
  3. Cool the ball.
  4. Seal the ball.An Example Seal