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To turn all duplicates into real objects, simply select the icosphere and Object ‣ Apply ‣ Make Duplicates Real, Ctrl+Shift+A. To make the icosphere and the tentacle a single object, make sure they are all selected and go to Object ‣ Join, Ctrl+J.

After doing this, I now have a large amount of objects. Great! but unfortunately, when I select all of them and Ctrl+J to combine the objects, nothing happens. Is there something preventing me from doing this or am I overlooking something?

  • $\begingroup$ i think ur selecting lamp and camera also so its not working $\endgroup$
    – atek
    Dec 31, 2016 at 9:01
  • $\begingroup$ I specifically de-select all objects besides the newly created (read: added) objects. also I don't use lamps. $\endgroup$
    – dlo
    Dec 31, 2016 at 9:56
  • $\begingroup$ if all joining objects are meshes, they should join, afaik. could you post the model as it is now to check? you could use blend-exchange.giantcowfilms.com $\endgroup$
    – m.ardito
    Dec 31, 2016 at 12:44
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    $\begingroup$ Check that the active object is a mesh.. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Dec 31, 2016 at 12:53

1 Answer 1


Add a Monkey (Shift+A)

Add a Circle (Shift+A) set the vertices say 10 or 12 (left hand panel or press f6)

Select the monkey and then the circle (order is important here) Press ctrl+P -- object

Go to the object panel right hand in duplication section select verts

press ctrl+Shift+A then

press ctrl+J

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