So, I've always wanted to make a nice waterfall but because of the way minecraft works I haven't been able to, I always considered sponges but they're ugly when they stick out. However, today someone came into IRC (SteGriff!!) and linked to an article they'd made on the wiki on how to make a waterfall with sponges, however this method requires having sponges in front of the waterfall, which can lead to purposeful or accidental griefing.
I went into my private server and decided to play around, first up I went with sponges in front and tried that out, worked perfectly but I wanted it less ugly. The method I ended up with isn't perfect but it's prettier. Now, I have no idea if this has been done before or is common knowledge, if it is please inform me and I'll get rid of the thread, I've just not seen it mentioned before :biggrin.gif:
The final result:
How I created it:
Water cannot be raised, so I had to build the bottom of the waterfall below the land line, so I went with around 10 down and started digging, eventually I had a nice big pit. Next I created my "in" bit for the waterfall, it's 2 blocks wide and 4 long. Now you have your basic waterfall, however if you let water go over it your pit will be instantly flooded all the way to the top, so you need a way to force the water downwards, this is done with sponges. If you go up to the top of your waterfall and stand so there is 1 block on each side of you, dig down 3 blocks and place a sponge and 2 mud blocks, then repeat this on the other side. Now just go to the water and dig a path from the water to the top of your waterfall and watch it go.
If you want a taller waterfall you can lower down the sponges or add more. A great thing to do is put a barrier of sponges in your bit in case you misjudge and you flood your pit, that sucks :sad.gif:
That's it, you now have a waterfall without anything "showing".
I made a video of how I made it, using 2 sponges, you can see it here:
I made a video of it being used:
You can download the map here and if that doesn't work, here. It's flatgrass with just the waterfall :smile.gif:
mad props (silly phrase) to SteGriff for the idea, credit to me for being boring and making a video of it.
Kind of too obvious for me to not think of it myself. :smile.gif:
Nice tutorial though.
:biggrin.gif: I spent most of the time making the actual pit for it to waterfall into, only took a bit of messing to work out the best position for the sponges. Shame it isn't perfect and has to go inwards, it'd be awesome to have a proper waterfall :smile.gif: