As a Blender newbie --Man sometimes it's the stupidest things that get me stumped. I downloaded a skull from blendswap. Changed the material to glass and then copied it, pasted it into a new scene. It shows up in the upper left elements list --but it's NO where in my scene! What am I not getting? Some so simple and yet -- arrrgh.

The file I copied it from is here: http://www.aworkofmarc.com/1/blender/SculptStudio.blend

The file I pasted it into is here: http://www.aworkofmarc.com/1/blender/Crystal_Rack1.blend

Can someone please look and see what's wrong?

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    $\begingroup$ When the mesh is imported from another .blend, it is placed on the same 3D Layer, where it was placed in the original file. In this case, you should press Shift+2 to see the skull which is located on the 2-nd layer. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Oct 18, 2015 at 19:27
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! And sorry for such a dummy question but I'm learning this as I go, obviously there's a LOT of blind spots. $\endgroup$
    – Marc
    Oct 18, 2015 at 20:02
  • $\begingroup$ @MrZak can you write an answer? (It would help move this out of the unanswered questions list) $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Oct 18, 2015 at 23:53

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When the mesh is imported from another blend, - either linked or appended, it is placed on the same 3D Layer where it was in the original file.

To see whether there is something on any layer, look at the layers tab:

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Layer 1 is selected, while both - 1-st and 2-nd have dot in the middle of the small rectangle.

This dot is orange - currently active object is located on that layer.
This dot is grey - there is/are some objects on that layer.

To show the mesh located on another layer, either Shift click on that rectangle, or press Shift + number of adjacent layer (in this case 2-nd). The mesh will be shown.

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