Halloween Origami Instructions: Patty Bat (Talo Kawasaki)

In this video I’m going to show you
how to fold a patty bat
designed by Talo Kawasaki. Diagrams were first published in
Creased magazine Issue #5, see creased.com for details. It’s a superb bimonthly publication
– both in print and digital – and features designs that
range in complexity – from diagrams for simpler designs up to crease patterns
for quite complex designs. Now, the patty bat
is a wonderful action model, especially for Halloween.
Here’s the action again. It’s also simple enough
to fold with kids and you can fold it
from printer paper. So it’d be quite a fun activity
to fold this with a classroom full of kids. Now depending on where
in the world you live your printer paper will actually
have different sizes. In the US, for example, your
printer paper will have 11 inches by 8.5 inches and in Europe, for example,
you’ll use A4 paper, which is 29.7cm by 21cm. If you fold this from printer paper –
this one I folded from printer paper – the wingspan will be about 25cm or with letter paper it will be
about 9 inches. Actually, if you’re using A4 paper
you can skip two steps, and I’ll tell you about those. So I’ll be working with paper that
has the same ratio as letter paper. It’s kind of a bit wider whereas A4 paper is a bit longer. But now let’s get started. We’re first going to fold the long side
of the printer paper in half. Then unfold again. Now we’re going to take this
half of the edge and fold it to the crease line. Pay attention
not to cover the crease line, but rather leave a very small gap. This is especially important
if you are working with kids, so that, you know, if they work
a bit imprecisely it’s not going to make the
folding process harder. Then we’re going to rotate And now come the two steps
that you only do with letter paper. The first one is:
we’re going to take this edge and bend it over to
these two edges here and make a small pinch mark in the center,
or maybe on the sides if you want. Then we’re going to take the edge
and fold that section in. Again, this is only if you’re using
letter paper and not if you’re using A4 paper. So now we narrowed the paper. Now it has a closer ratio to A4. So now we’re going to continue
with the next step irrespective of whether you’re using
letter paper or A4 paper. Now we’re going to take this corner
and fold it in. Leave a small gap here again, not a big one, just enough so that a crease line actually fits inside. Especially when you’re working with kids
it’s better for them to leave a small gap,
rather than to cover the paper because then
there will be several layers. It will be harder for them to fold,
and we want to make it easy for them. Then we’re going to take
this whole section and fold it up making a crease line kind of where it automatically goes,
just because of the the distribution of the layers. Then we’re going to fold
this whole triangle here to the back.
We’re first going to just pinch it, so that it aligns with the edge below and then I’m going to
turn it around again, so that I can align this crease line
with that crease line, which makes it much easier
to make quite a straight crease. There we go. Then we’re going to take this lower edge
and fold it to this upper edge, but we’re only going to
pinch in the center. This is quite important. As a guideline:
you shouldn’t pinch farther than this section,
which will form the head, and possibly, actually, a bit less. So just bend it and then
just take one finger and press down quite hard.
Maybe you can take two fingers, It depends on how big your fingers are. Then we have that pinch mark there. This is going to be important
for the action. Now we’re going to take
this slanted edge and we’re going to bring it
to the center line, and make a crease. We’re now shaping the wings. This isn’t going to affect the action
too much, so especially here if the kids work a bit less precisely it’s not a problem. Then we’re going to start
a couple of creases in this point up here
to shape the wings further. First we’re going to bring this point
down to that point. I’m going to rotate the model,
because it’s easier to fold away from yourself. So start a crease in this point,
bring that point to that point, and then press down. Now we’re going to start a crease
in this point, going through that point – or in other words, you’re going to make an edge that aligns with
the edge below. That’s probably easier. And then again we’re going to
make a crease, so that the edge we crease aligns
with the edge below. And one final time we again make a crease
that aligns with the edge below or you align this edge
with that edge in there. It’s up to your taste, both should be quite fine
and almost the same crease. So again, start a crease
in this point align this point here
with that point, then fold back and forth always aligning the edges you create
with the edges below. There we go.
Now we’ve formed the wings. Now we’re going to start
forming the head section by taking this triangle up here and folding it in,
leaving quite a nice gap here, so that we have enough space
to form the ears. Then make a nice and strong
crease here. Now you can open this up again,
so that it’s perpendicular, so that it sticks up,
I guess you could say. Then we’re going to open this
and we’re going to work on the action. For this we’re going to flip this over and there are two important things: First, it’s how you hold the paper. I suggest you use your thumb
on the head and your middle finger
here below and you take your index finger
and you push here while pushing your middle finger
and your thumb together. So it’s kind of this action
and this action. And you have to do that while
bending these wings to the top. This is quite important. And it’s good if you bend these up
quite a bit. So I’m bending these up,
then I’m taking my middle finger, my thumb,
and my index finger and I’m pushing together
while pushing up. Pushing together
while pushing up. And then there’s a flap action. Now you’ll see that
there’s this crease here. Usually it will turn out too long,
rather than too short. But you can lengthen it to make it a more regular flap. And if this is too long – I’m just going to try
and make this a bit too long to show what happens –
it actually doesn’t pat. So if that happens,
just push on the crease, so that it’s actually shortened
on both sides. Can you see that? Now it’s a bit shorter, and
maybe that’s enough already. Yes. But you can even make it shorter, so that the patting action of the patty bat is a bit nicer,
is a bit louder. To form the head
you can additionally again make this perpendicular and now we’re going really
try to push in here and form the ears. Push in here – I’m trying to
show this quite nicely to the camera. You can fold this tip
down a bit. And then the head
looks a bit nicer, too. And you can adjust the crease
again a bit, and there you go. So, I hope you enjoyed this model by Talo Kawasaki,
the patty bat, a wonderful action model. You can fold it from black paper
if you want, you can fold it from red or
whatever you like. I hope you had fun with this
and happy folding.

98 thoughts on “Halloween Origami Instructions: Patty Bat (Talo Kawasaki)

  1. very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                                                                                               AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!            

  2. nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  3. Excellent instructions! Thank you so much. I appreciate the fact that your voice is not monotone, you are easy to listen to.

  4. Thank you very much for explenations ! My son is very happy because it was easy and well explained !

  5. I fi9nally found out how to make it work. the key is putting your index finger in the middle of the back for the crease

  6. ona jest do holery wstrętna baba i wogule, przez nią ten głupi nietoperz mi się nie udał 10-razy musiałam wyrzucać go do kosza,a i tak nie udało mi się zrobić  tego nietoperza,moja córka zaczynała mieć łzy w oczach z moich nerw!!!;cccccccccccc

  7. it never flaps i have tried my hardest about 12980746853 times and im so MAD AND ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE this is the, worst video in the world

  8. It would be great if you used paper which is differently colored on each side.  It would allow us to follow much more clearly!

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