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Red Beard Baron05 Jan 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

I made a guide on how to make rivers that can conform to any surface placed beneath them. Also I demonstrate how shower caulk can be used for water effects. Check it out below:
YouTube link

Redroom05 Jan 2017 5:21 p.m. PST

Neat idea, thanks for sharing it.

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2017 6:54 p.m. PST

That came out great! I like the water effect with the plastic bag trick. Since it takes so long to dry, I wonder if you could go over it after a few hours to pull more of it up to get the effects of shallow rapids?

How flat do the edges sit after all is dried? I have tried this one time before and the edges started to curl up and towards the middle of the river. I'm sure I was doing something wrong or using the wrong product.


Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2017 10:13 p.m. PST

Just what I have been wanting to see a tutorial about.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2017 11:17 p.m. PST

Thanks for posting that, your river looks terrific.

Red Beard Baron06 Jan 2017 7:24 a.m. PST

I'm sure you could continue to work with the caulk to make some impressive waves, I'll have to give that a go sometime.

It lays pretty flat, I find the key to dealing with caulk is to make sure all edges are pinned down until it drys. I also reinforced the back of the river with duct tape to help fight against warping. Placing larger stones at intervals along the river also helped guard against warping.

ether drake Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

Great stuff

Chgowiz25 Apr 2018 1:27 p.m. PST

Question for you you mention on the video description about lining the back with caulk to prevent warping. Did you use the clear or the white? The whole length/width? Would you do that before painting/flocking?

Just simple pins to hold it to something for drying?

captaincold6930 Apr 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

Think he uses the white. It's what I did and works like a charm.

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