Both round and square drills are covered with geometrical facets that create sparkle when reflecting light. Many beginners start with round drills because they are quicker to place and a little more forgiving on placement. Still, the preferred drills by diamond painters everywhere are the squares.
Diamond painting kits with square drills often feature more complex designs than those with round diamonds. Measuring 2.5mm, square diamond drills are smaller than their round counterparts. This allows for more details per square inch, so they are preferred when creating more intricate artwork.
ROUND DRILLS SPARKLE
One of the reasons Round Drills are recommended and preferred by beginners is because they are easier to pick up with the diamond pen and faster to place when finishing a canvas. They are slightly larger than their square cousins and you can cover more area in less time. Round drills also create more sparkle due to containing more facets on the surface (more surface area). The sparkle resembles that of glitter (same for round and square).
Since round drills have no corners, visible gaps exist between them, but this also means they are more forgiving when placed in the designated area. The gaps present are not visible when viewing at a distance, however, many feel that it is more important to seal these Diamond Paintings to prevent dust and other debris from sticking to the exposed adhesive after finishing the canvas.
SQUARE DRILLS SHINE
Square drills are the preferred drill shape by more experienced diamond painters. Squares fit together neatly with no gaps and create a fuller and more complete-looking image while maintaining a glossy shine. Being smaller than their round cousins, you can fit more of them into a smaller area increasing the ‘resolution’ of the image. This can make them a tiny bit harder for those who find diamond painting drills small to work with. Maybe someone older or who might have shaky hands.
One of the features most talked about when it comes to square drills is the famous “snap” sound they make when filling in gaps. Many find this satisfying and compare it to the sound of popping bubble wrap.
The mosaic looks like square drills creating a beautiful image from a distance. The sharp line and lack of gaps make square diamond paintings both artistically amazing to view and easy to maintain. Many beginners do not choose squares due to requiring some skill while others like to take on a challenge. That said, don’t be nervous to try them. At the end of the day, this is a relaxing hobby. Squares are doable by anyone.