Welcome to Melisa's Bears

Melisa's Bears...

...is pleased to introduce a Realistic Panda Bear Cub

"Bao Ai"

~*~ on a 7 day listing ~*~

I'm super excited to introduce my newest creation.... Bao Ai, a lifelike and life sized baby panda! She is a sweet panda bear cub made from synthetic mink fur. Her name means “Baby Loveable”. I've designed her to be a very young panda... about 2 months old.

Bao Ai is a one of a kind artist panda bear cub completely designed and hand sewn (no machine sewing) by me, Melisa Nichols. She is very detailed and as such she is her own unique individual and can not be duplicated ~ a true one of a kind. Many, many hours of love and effort went into this creation!

Because of all this detailed work, I will never be able to create another panda bear cub just like Bao Ai. I do not work with patterns - just from photos and drawings, so there is no pattern she can be remade from.

Bao Ai is 12” (30 cm) long when measured from the flat of her foot to the top of her head. I've taken lots of photos of her and I hope you enjoy seeing them all!

Bao Ai is made from soft & luxurious black and beige faux (synthetic) mink fur – the same kind that is used in making fur coats. This kind of faux fur has channel line shaved into the fur every three inches, so I incorporated this into Bao Ai's design.

Bao Ai's adorable baby face is full of detail and took me so many hours to create! Her face has been thread sculpted, scissor sculpted and hand shaded. She has soulful black glass eyes with wired eyelids that can be posed so she can be awake or asleep.

Bao Ai has a realistic epoxy clay nose which I hand sculpted without the use of any molds. It is painted in the pinkish gray that baby pandas have. It is also sealed. Her mouth is made from ultrasuede and is wired for posing. Her tongue is thread sculpted and I made her teeth from epoxy clay. I hand sculpted them without a mold and shaded and sealed them.

Bao Ai's ultrasuede paws were also extremely time consuming. I scissor sculpted and thread sculpted them. I individually hand sculpted epoxy clay claws for her which I sealed.

Bao Ai is completely hand sewn and filled with polyfil, pellets (in her tummy), and an extra portion of cuddles. She is fully armatured (including her tail) for lots of fun poses!

If you have any questions or comments about Bao Ai, please email me me... I'd love to hear from you! If you'd like to be on my mailing list, please let me know – I send out an email whenever I have a new creation ready for ebay.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing all of Bao Ai's pictures. Thank you for visiting her auction!


Bao Ai will arrive with hang tags that include her birth date, a picture of her and a signed Certificate of Authenticity. She is a collectable panda bear cub made for display only - not suitable for children due to small parts. Any props I may use in the photos are not included in the auction unless otherwise stated.

Thank you to everyone who views and collects my soft sculptures! You've made every auction such a fun & enjoyable experience and I truly appreciate your appreciation and support!

Please visit my ABOUT ME page to see a sample of the packaging that will come with your creation and for more information about my creations.

All my soft sculptures are created in a smoke-free home.

***SHIPPING*** ~ I am delighted to offer Bao Ai with free surface shipping anywhere in the world. This includes up to $1000 insurance for most countries (Canada Post will not insure to all countries). Free shipping is by surface mail which usually takes 1 1/2 to 2 weeks to US destinations and 6 - 8 weeks to overseas destinations. Please contact me for a quote if you would like to use Xpresspost instead which takes about 3-5 days to US destinations and about 6 days to overseas destinations.

***LAYAWAY *** ~ 1/3 payment within 7 days, 1/3 - 30 days after, and the final third, 30 additional days after that. I do not charge a fee for my layaway service. Layaway payments are non-refundable. If you'd like to use this option, or would like to arrange an alternative layaway plan, please email me before bidding.

***CUSTOMS*** ~ Customs fees, duties and tax will be the buyer's responsibility, according to the country's regulations, as well as delays due to customs regulations. Please do not ask me to mark as gift or to lower the declared value.

***FEEDBACK*** ~ I strive to do my best to make each auction a 5 star one - a five star rating is very important to me. Please consider giving me 5 stars in each area if you are happy with your purchase. Please be aware that I am in northern Canada and ship from a small town, so while I will get your package to the mail within 3 days of payment, I am not responsible for shipping delays - please rate my shipping time star based on my keeping my word as to my handling time. If you feel that you can not give me 5 stars, please contact me so I can do my best to fix any problem or address any concerns you may have.