I've padded out the wire with some foam rubber and wound around the whole lot with old crochet thread.
Ripped some chiffon in to narrow strips....
...... moistened the strips with PVA glue ....
........the PVA makes it easier to mould the strips as you wind around the claws.
The wire tips will be shortened and painted.
And I'll probably add some stitching to soften them up and hold it all together.