[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! 


179 comments


  • Tamika Michelle Bolton
    I would like to know for the square drill is there a certain type of pan that you use

  • Tamika Michelle Bolton
    I would like to know if you are doing the square drill is it a certain type of pen that you use

  • Roi Ann

    Could the pictures be marked square if the are square and round if the pictures are round? I prefer round.


  • phyllis albert

    I actually like doing the round ones simply because of ease, however the tacky backing is never as tough as the squares. I have done both and I do think the picture is better looking with the square diamonds. I am curious as to what pen someone you used other than the pink one that you use with the wax . They referred to a different type of pen and also said they could lay several resins at a time with their tweezers. I am pretty new to this so I am not sure of all the lingo and all of the things you can use. I did learn very quickly to have a light source underneath your picture to help determine the different letters numbers and symbols was almost a must, so I did order a package that had several things in it. I am unsure what the wide end of the pink pen does unless it is to pick up several resins at one time. Any answers someone can give me would be greatly appreciated. Even though I do think the squares are harder to do. I like the finished product better so I think that is what I will stick with.


  • Karen Coker

    So far I have only picked the square diamonds, but I have wondered about the round drills, the responses I have read people only like the square, so I will probably stay with them.
    My only problem and it’s major is that I cannot find my drills for my John Wayne canvas that I am trying to make for my husband. I just want to buy the diamonds. Can I do that?


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