How To Make An Indonesian Fire Bat

My mom grew up in Indonesia before she moved to Boston. She would often tell my brother and I stories about her and her sister using slingshots to shoot down giant bats when they lived in Indonesia. Much later in Los Angeles I saw an art show of alterno-taxidermy that featured what was called an Indonesian Fire Bat. I’m not sure if this is a real bat, but it inspired me to make a bat of my own. I’m feeling the Halloween vibe and it would fun to cover a porch with these crazy felt bats so I want to show you how to make one. First of all, click here for the template. Print the template out – or sketch it yourself like this:

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Then use some tracing paper to draw the orange part of the bat. Once you have that part drawn get a piece of orange felt and pin it to the felt. After you pin it down cut it out. Cut out the paper and the felt together. Go crazy. Get nuts.

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Now do the same thing for the other colors of felt. Pink. Black. Orange. Cream. Dark Tan. Or use whatever colors you want (send me photos of what you come up with). Here is me pinning the traced black pieces to some black felt, notice the changing fall light:

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Now you’ll have little bits that make up the details of the the bat. Keep the photo at the bottom of this page as your reference. Make sure all the little bits go in the right places to make it look like a bat. Or maybe you screw it up, at least you weren’t on your phone this whole time.

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BOOM! You’re done. Now that you have all the pieces in place – glue those suckers down!  I even like to get some black fabric paint for the nostrils and some white fabric paint for the whites of the eyes and the teeth. Then if you feel really locked in, get some thread and needles and sew it all down. When you are done you can take it outside and use it as a target for slingshot practice.

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