Remember what happened in our previous episode of Zen Pond, where it’s the gods of Eden world that “paint” Kois in such magical colours and patterns? Well, you haven’t known the rest of the tale. The journey of these Kois to become the most divine creature in Eden is undoubtedly not for the faint of heart. Buckle up, and we’ll take you for a ride through each exciting moment leading up to this chronicle of a lifetime.
Gods have their way
After the Eden gods accidentally crafted the masterpieces of Zen Pond, they all shared a thought that these Koi fishes were too good to be left hanging around for nothing. The gods put their heads together and decided to give a guardian function to these creatures. To do this, they needed to be gathered and classified properly so that the mighty gods could give them part of their magical powers. The Eden realm is a vast place full of surprises, and mysteries, not to mention danger. This means a guardian here would be helpless without any aid from the gods themselves.
But loopholes would still be there.
It may sound simple, but the process was as chaotic as it could be. There were hundreds of Kois, so it was challenging to control them. As an old saying goes, “What will be, will be”, you must have been able to guess what happened next. While the gods were so focused on transferring the power, they had also left some Kois unattended. This led to another catastrophe. These Kois were mistakenly moved to a different place from where they were supposed to be, even before receiving the Eden magic.
Then it’s the Kois’ turn!
These Kois, now still colourful but sadly powerless, had nowhere else to go but forward. Doing what they were born to do, they ventured out into the unknown waters with their bravest hearts. They kept waving those floaty fins to explore the little worlds inside Eden that they had never been to. The sad thing was, the Kois were unaware they were about to enter a very mischievous one.
What is this place?
They finally arrived at a realm called The Beyond, home to countless otherworldly creatures and entities. Without a single hesitation, the band of lost Kois marched into The Beyond, feeling thrilled rather than scared. Over the gate lay a breathtaking world built upon dense layers of mist in a bizarre yet irresistible architecture. The Kois were amazed by its ethereal beauty and the exotic life forms that had chosen The Beyond as their habitat.
**They were lost**
Immediately hooked by this captivating paradise, the Kois that had already lost their way now buried themselves even more in The Beyond. It came to a point where the place was like an addiction to them as these once-symbolic creatures of Eden couldn’t bear to leave. They had grown forgotten about their home, Zen Pond, so they didn’t even bother to try and find the way to return to where they should have been.
Little did the Kois know that this world of The Beyond was not the right place for them to live. They become heavily dependent on the hallucinations that were too good to be true here, and yet it’s the one reason that’s been keeping them here. But at the end of the day, they were still just fantasies that could never be fitted for a real creature with such a noble purpose as Kois. They started to forget even more Zen Pond, Eden, and, worst of all, themselves.
…then finally found
Back to the Eden world. Now the Kois here had their powers, and they started to realise that several of them had been missing, therefore implementing an instant rescue plan. With the mighty magic of Eden gods inside every one of them, it’s a no-brainer for the official guardians of Eden to find the whereabouts of the lost Kois.
Upon setting their fins on the ground of The Beyond, these empowered Kois have joined forces to create an energy ring to protect them from its alluring magic. After some time searching, they were able to find the lost Kois bouncing off the endless cloudy-like stairs hidden deep inside this place.
If it had not been for the great rescue from the mighty Kois, Eden would have lost some very talented and extraordinary guardians who are still able to maintain their powerful position in Zen Pond.
Crafting these Kois is a history in the making. Ready to know more?
The Kois in this 5th version is also made in a highly mini size, just like the earlier Zen Pond collections. You can still see highly animated features inside the keycaps that are smaller than a pinkie tip, so don’t be alarmed by the tiny scale. No matter how small they are, the Koi fins are attached to their bodies in a way that makes them more noticeable and dynamic.
A new approach to making Kois is discovered.
For Lost then found keycaps, we decided to innovate this unique collection further by using a brand-new production method that has never been implemented at Jelly Key. The technique called Wavelet makes the Eden colour rays inside form separate flows. This especially helps to emphasise the lovely Koi fish because the background now has great and realistic contrast.
The Kois are then structured with various depths to produce unique Eden effects. Since Koi fish are positioned on several layers of clear resin, this procedure requires a lot of time. Although the time and effort needed are far greater than for earlier Zen Pond collections, it is well worth it because we can create yet another incredible Koi collection.
After casting, we leave the Koi fish models to dry completely and remove them from the moulds. They have to undergo a strict classification process so that only the perfect Kois can be taken to the next step.
Here’s your favourite part: colouring!
The Pouring Art, combining resin and alcohol ink to create this fantastic series, is once more required for colour and effect development. It communicates expression in an abstract and randomised manner. For some specialised uses, the reaction of alcohol ink in resin produces a fictional effect occasionally used in interior design. Its graceful fluids help increase the capacity of the imagination. Each Koi fish in the collection receives 3 to 5 coats of paint so that the colours can have a particular thickness and be more visible to our eyes. And to make them even more authentic, these colour tones are fully based on actual Koi fish. With 40 fish designs and over 25 colour effects, each Koi in this collection has entirely unique details, therefore, is different from each other.
Colouring is also the most significant challenge we encounter when making Zen Pond V. It’s pretty hard to paint the fishes and keep them as lively as possible. We also create Cherry, SA, OEM, and Droplet profiles for every keycap in the collection, which presents another immense difficulty in the detail arrangement because the space in this profile is often constrained.
One more thing to remember is that although the colour schemes depicted in our images are captured from actual Zen Pond V keycaps, each of these will carry a unique tint because of the Eden effect. Because no other individual has an identical keycap, it becomes unique to its only owner.
Cherry & OEM
1u / 1.25u ctrl,alt / 1,5u tab, \ / / 1.5u /2u / 2.25u Enter / 2.75u right shift / 3u
- $9 per keycap if you buy one.
- $12 for two keycaps.
- $16 for three keycaps.
- $20 for four keycaps.
- $20 for five keycaps.
- Free shipping for 6 keycaps or more.
6.25u 6.5u 7u spacebar
- $12 per spacebar if you buy one.
- $16 for 2 spacebar.
- $20 for 3 spacebar.
- Free shipping for 4 spacebars or more.
- MX stem
- Design and Handcrafted by Jelly Key
- Open time: 1/19/2022
- Close time: 1/25/2022
- Starting to Deliver after Groupbuy close: earlier than 100 working days
- We could close the GB sooner than expected. So take your chance as soon as you can.
What is in the box?
- One artisan keycap by Jelly Key.
- 01 Medal dog tag with engraved unique series number.
- A unique serial number is on the bottom of the keycap as well.
- The keycap was made entirely by hand and tool. The final product may vary from the original photos but at an acceptable aspect. We would love to ask you to tolerate any reasonable differences.