I didn’t get many progress pictures of today’s featured art, so instead will first show a video about an orphan bat being nursed back to health. Isn’t that sweet?

There is a second video of Lil Drac as well.

As you may have guessed, the art I am about to show is a bat. Like so many other pieces, the objects found largely determine the direction. Earlier this week, I went to a sale through Craig’s List that stated old stuff was for sale. It took 40 minutes to get there (though part of that was due to I-35 being a parking lot). It was located behind a boat shop and I had a drive down a dirt road into an area with storage sheds. I figured I would either get gunned down or find some interesting stuff.

Fortunately the latter occurred. I gathered a number of interesting objects, haggled with the owner a bit, and walked away with some rather overpriced pieces of charming junk.

One of the pieces I got formed the larger part of the bat body. It is a hollow circular piece of metal with 2 points sticking out both on its top and bottom. The 2 points on top looked like bat ears to me, so I figure that’s how it started. I added a heavy duty hook that serves both as a hook, as well as the fangs. Wings were made from some kind of vice grips. And another circle with metal mesh became the belly. First lets look at the back side and see how it all attaches:

Back of Bat
Back of Bat

Next I did an initial paintjob:

Bat - First coat of paint
Bat - First coat of paint

The main body dried very dark so I added speckles of gold and into it for highlights, as well as altering the wings a bit.

As I mentioned, I didn’t get many photos, so let’s see the final:

Rolypoly Bat - Angle
Rolypoly Bat - Angle

Personally I think this piece looks better at a bit of an angle, which can be achieved easily by adding a nail as support to either of the wings. Here is an example of how that would look:

Rolypoly Bat - Angle
Rolypoly Bat - Angle

RolyPoly Bat is a very well fed bat; Its metal mosquito netting belly comes in very handy for those late night flights searching for nourishment. Roly has a wingspan of 15 inches and is 9 inches from tip-of-ear to toe. RolyPoly has been sold. Feel free to check out other available animal assemblages.

Place Your Bats – “Rolypoly Bat”
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3 thoughts on “Place Your Bats – “Rolypoly Bat”

  • February 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm
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    I like your bat and I’m glad you found the stuff you needed to make it. But I’m super happy you didn’t get gunned down! 🙂

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  • March 4, 2012 at 11:46 pm
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    Love RolyPoly Bat

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    • March 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm
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      Thanks Diana! And great to talk at the opening last night!

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