One: Find a bat pattern you like from a
book on Halloween or one of Halloween clip-art or
draw one of your own. I copied this one from a
Halloween book from the library. Cut it out and
lay it on a sheet of well conditioned clay rolled
to the #3 or #4 setting on the pasta machine.
||Step Two: Trace
around pattern with needle tool.
Remove pattern and cut out with craft knife.
||Step Four: Cut
into surrounding clay and remove pieces to avoid
distorting shape. You could even use these
pieces to make a negative image of your bat for
||Step Five: With
needle tool, poke two eyes between the bat's ears.
These will be eyes, but will also be used for
||Step Six: Use
a steel rib or cutting blade to lift the bat up
from underneath to place onto baking surface.
||Step Seven: I
like to pleat some of the index cards to make the
bats look like they're flying. Now cure for 15
minutes at the temperature on the clay package.
||Step Eight: Let
the bat cool on the index card, then put your
string through his eyes or wings, whichever you
chose. Here's my bat all ready for hanging.
A gaggle of bats? A flock?
Ah, according to the dictionary, it's a colony of
Warning: these are addictive.
To date, my roommate and I have made 73 of them.
Some of them seem to find homes in friends'
If you don't want the bat to look like s/he's
flying, bake it flat. Or vary how deeply you pleat
the index card. Or bake over something with a
gentle curve, such as a dinner plate. If you
absolutely don't get along with craft blades, you
can use a cookie cutter instead.