Anyway, my imagination whetted, I decided on some kind of grasping claws emerging for a bubbling pool of eyes. Not being much of a sculptor, I went on Thingiverse.com to see if there might be something close to what I wanted that I could run on my 3D
printer and I have to say, Thingiverse hasn't failed me yet. I found some heron claws along with a lamprey-like mouth that filled the bill perfectly.
I downloaded the 3D printer files and after resizing the objects to a scale that was in line with what
I was making, I ran off three claws and half a dozen mouths of various sizes for this and future projects.
Because PLA (this is the plastic that is generally run on a 3D printer) can be somewhat malleable when heat is applied, I distorted the finished
claws to give them a more threatening appearance. I also gave them a outer sheath that would retract as they extended from the pit.
I decided to go with a mouth within a mouth look for the mostly unseen creature so I nested three of the mouths in a
bed of eyes. The eyes where ball bearings of varying sizes that I painted glossy black and accented with pupils of iridescent blue. I made a ropy bed from two part resin clay in which I placed the central mouth surrounded by the three claws and multiple eyes.