[PWD 101] EXPLAINED: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

Image courtesy of Ashley Honaker

If you're new to the wonderful world of Paint With Diamonds, you're probably a bit overwhelmed. Well, overwhelmed AND super excited to get started!

Well fear not, friend! We're here to hold your hand as you embark on your Paint With Diamonds journey!

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

Image courtesy of Mae Kraser‎

In our new PWD 101 series (PWD stands for Paint With Diamonds btw!), we'll walk new diamond painters through everything they need to know about this incredible new stress-relieving hobby. 

THIS WEEK: We're going to take a quick look at the difference between square drill and round drill diamond paintings!

DID YOU KNOW: In PWD, the term "diamond" can be used interchangeably with "resin" or "gem."

Square Vs. Round Drill: What's The Difference? 

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

In Paint With Diamonds, a "drill" simply refers to the shape of each individual diamond you'll be applying to your canvas. If it's confusing, just replace the world "drill" in your head with the word "diamonds." 

  • Square Drill --> Square Diamonds 
  • Round Drill --> Round Diamonds

In choosing between square and round drill, it's important to know that there are no right answers. As with so many things in life, this is more or less a subjective preference! Your goal should be to choose whichever shape that YOU personally think is most beautiful :).  

QUICK SIDE NOTE: "5D DIAMONDS" - Confused about what "5D Diamonds" are? This is essentially a marketing buzzword that refers to the shape of the diamonds. With the resin diamonds featured below, "5D" refers to the shape you see that so beautifully reflects light to make the diamonds sparkle! 

Square Drill (aka Square Diamonds)

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

What People Are Saying

Creates A Fuller, More Complete Looking Painting.

Square drill diamonds look a bit "cleaner" than round drill diamonds. They line up more easily and create a "fuller" mosaic look when enjoyed from a distance.

Square Diamonds Satisfyingly "Snap" Into Place. 

Sometimes it's the little things that matter! When you start making progress on a painting and begin filling in gaps, you get a satisfying "snap" and a sense of achievement, as dorky as that sounds! 

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

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Round Drill (aka Round Diamonds)

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

Easier (And Faster!) To Pick Up And Apply Diamonds.  

Round diamonds just seem to stick to the diamond pen better, making the transition seem more seamless. 

Finished Painting Feels Less "Complete." 

Given the round shape of the diamonds, gaps between diamonds may appear more apparent when you're close up with the painting. 

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

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Final Word - What Do Hardcore PWD Fans Think?

We polled our Paint With Diamonds Support Group audience, and the answer couldn't be clearer. Have a look for yourself! 

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

The overwhelming majority prefers SQUARE over ROUND (383 vs 87!). In fact, almost twice as many of you are indifferent to whether your diamonds are square or round than actually prefer round! 

 

Do you agree with the consensus? Tell us why or why not in the comments down below! 


51 comments

  • I HATE the square diamonds. They are HORRENDOUS to work with. They are difficult to pick up, IMPOSSIBLE to line up, and generally a pain in the posterior.

    Joyce Wendeln
  • I have done paintings with both shaped drills, and I honestly prefer the square drill. I feel that it makes the picture more complete and easier to see what the picture is after all is said and done. This is my #1 favorite hobby of all time now!!!

    Monica
  • I have only used round so far, but love doing it. Will try the Square, soon. I find them easier to pick up, if I put them on something terry, instead of the green plastic holder.

    Lorraine Menter
  • Is there any way that maybe instead of wrapping the canvas around the diamonds, you could maybe ROLL the canvas and stick the diamonds in last? I have had one under my mattress for 3 weeks and still can not get the wrinkles and bubbles out. Any suggestions?

    Elaine Allen
  • Is there any way that maybe instead of wrapping the canvas around the diamonds, you could maybe ROLL the canvas and stick the diamonds in last? I have had one under my mattress for 3 weeks and still can not get the wrinkles and bubbles out. Any suggestions?

    Elaine Allen

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