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How do those Harmony balls, or Baoding balls, actually work? Answered

The most I've gotten is it's a "sphere within a sphere and there's a bell", but I don't want to cut one of mine open. Is it an ancient chinese secret.? I thought it might be like a rain stick with thin metal soldered to the inside surface with a loose ball to strike them.

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rickharris

Best Answer 9 years ago

OK found a picture of the inside.

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sjzllc00

5 years ago

rickharris, could you show us some more bigger and clear picture about the inside of baoding ball? The metal rods is called spring. thx.

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rickharris

9 years ago

I cut one open, inside are a number of metal rods and a ball bearing that hits them as it rolls around. I may still have some pictures somewhere.

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SSmithersrickharris

Answer 9 years ago

Thanks! That's what I thought was in there, but all the chinese websites made it seem way more mysterious. One said it was a "sphere within a sphere", which can be interpreted as a ball bearing in a sphere. Thanks for sacrificing a ball for curiosities sake.