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Making Clay Marbles In France


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Thanks for sharing that, Craig! Now we know that clay marbles are made today - looks like pretty simple process. Neat to see kids playing that game. Rough curface! Now I have to find one of those bags/packages of clay marbles. Craig - I assume you're going to find them. Maybe buy a couple for me, too?

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One of the pages shows the rules of playing marbles.

There are two versions: French and Anglo-Saxon.


If you cut and paste the text into Google's translator you get:

The French Federation of marble games has 2 sets of balls. During the various demonstrations of traditional games and festivals we organize initiations and tournaments with games of "Triangle" (French game) and demonstrations on the "Ring" (international game Anglo-Saxon).


FRENCH (Triangle)

Extract from the Rules of the game of marbles "The Triangle"

1. The land is 5 meters long and 2 meters wide. It is bounded by a taut rope with 4 nails at the corners. At the end of the perimeter and 80 cm from the edge, draw an equilateral triangle of 45 cm square, bounded by an elastic.

2. Within this triangle, put 15 balls into the ground 16 cm in diameter and color.

3. The field is preferably clay, very flat and free of all objects that can affect the trajectory of the ball.

4. The ball players must not exceed 17 mm. The color of this ball will be different from those located inside the triangle.

5. The triangle game is played in singles or doublets.

Beginning of the game

1. Players begin at the end of the 5-meter (starting line) and throw balls at each turn in the manner of bowls players, trying to approach the nearest triangle, without being lost inside .

2. If by running the ball a player enters the triangle, it will replay a second time. If it passes the limits of the game or if he launches his ball within a second time, it will be the last to play.

3. Once all players have thrown their balls, we check each other's position relative to the central ball of the triangle. It is from this phase of the game given what the numbering start. 2 players on the same team can not play one after another. The positions being given, the party can begin.

4. The ball is held between the thumb and index finger, the back of the hand must always touch the ground.

5. Must announce which ball you want to take the finger pointing.

6. To win a ball, it must so totally the triangle. It can however cause one or more with it, the shot will be valid provided they have first struck the nominated ball even if it does not come out.

7. If another ball that is hit that announced, the ball or the ball will be moved back in place.

8. If the shooting player's ball remains in the triangle, provided that the ejected ball ale announced, it will be replayed immediately in the starting line.

9. If shooting the ball against the player remains in the triangle without leaving any ball, the player will be penalized by replaying the start line, but until the next round.

10. During the game, it is possible to announce a ball other than the triangle. If it is touched, the player can then play again immediately, and if he wants, he may announce the same log (maximum 3 times).

11. It is possible for a player to overcome an opponent's game or the limits of the ship in the triangle in the drawing, and it forces the opponent to be replayed from the start line, the next round.

12. Any ball of fire who transcended the game or lodging in the triangle penalizes the player: he must replay of the foul line the next round.

13. If the ball touches a player's shooting another ball, he is allowed to retreat in order to play again.

14. During the game, it is possible to announce a ball or a ball of the triangle of the opponent of the starting line.

15. The winner is the one who releases the ball over the triangle.


ANGLO (Ring)

Extract from the Rules of the game of marbles "The Ring"

1. A circular piece of wood of 1.90 m in diameter placed 10 cm above the ground. Sprinkle the plate with dry sand.

2. Put in the center of the ring 49 beads, terra 16 mm, compact and tight in a circle.

3. We play in teams of 2, 3 or 4 players. Players from various teams and interspersed keep the same in the game possible to play individually, but put only 25 balls in the center.

4. Each player has a ball of fire which shall not exceed 19 mm in diameter.

5. The goal is to eject the ball up to the ring. The winner is the one who released the largest number of balls.

6. The index is placed against the ring, the palm of the hand upward. Shooting the ball is then sent by the inch.

7. Each player plays from a place he wants around the board and try out one or more balls, hand against the ring.

8. After pulling the player will be in one of the following situations:

1. The ball of fire came out of the ring without ejecting ball

→ the player will play the ringside next round.

1. The ball of fire and one or more balls are outside the circle

→ the player will play the ringside next round

→ balls will release its assets.

1. Shooting the ball remains on the board so that one or more balls are outputs

→ it will continue to play the spot where his ball, directly below it.

→ he may then take other balls.

1. Shooting the ball remains on the shelf without having to log out:

→ the player must wait his turn to continue playing but:

- The ball may be ejected from the ring by another player: it will be eliminated from the game (in a friendly, the player whose ball is out, 3 balls to give his opponent).

- If the ball does not exit the ring when his turn comes he will play the spot where his ball.

1. If the ball of fire remained in the ring touches another ball, the player will take his ball and wait for the next round to play the ringside.

2. In the ring, if the player hits another ball with his hand, he is penalized, he took his ball of fire and awaits the next round to play the ringside.


Very interesting!


John McCormick

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