[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! 


140 comments


  • Deborah Isaacs

    The first two paintings I finished were using round diamonds. One was a partial painting and the other was a very large, white tiger, partial painting. Turned out awesome. Then I’ve started using square drills and the finished painting is fuller and
    Looks more professional.


  • Betty Matlock

    I’m on my third painting. First two used round drills. Easy and quick to place. Organized by number. Now, Using square drills, hard to place; Different cuts
    are different sizes. Some concave drills too large for canvas pattern. Smaller drills look flat. Also uses symbols, not used to makes for slower work.


  • Sara

    I have made over 50 of these for myself and as gifts. I prefer the ease of the round drills but the look of the square drills. Square drills take longer because you have to be more precise but the time invested is worth the quality of the finished product. I also frame them and embellish the frames with flowers, butterflies, feathers, etc. to match the picture. People love them and I have even been able to sell a few!


  • Deborah Dillow

    I have done both round and square I love them both but find the square more challenging and take more time to do


  • Lora

    I’ve done many of both, and like each technique. My frustration lies in the fact that with the squares, you’ll hear them “snap” in place; then later you’ll see that many have popped up and you then have to go back and snap them down again.

    That is taking the fun out of it for me.


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