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 placing 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 the exposed adhesive after finishing the canvas.
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 look square drills make creates 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 totally doable by anyone.
Round Vs Square Drills? Which Should I Choose?
The good news is there is not a bad choice in the battle of round vs square drills. It’s personal preference. If you are looking to try out Diamond Painting for the first time and want an easy project that is relaxing, uncomplicated, and don’t mind the gaps choose the Super Sparkly Round Drills. If you are more experienced, have done multiple types of crafts, or want to start with a little more of a challenge, choose the Glossy Mosaic Square Drills. But really, when we say challenge it’s mainly a challenge because you’ll want to make sure to keep a straight line. This is pretty low on the bar of challenges.
Both types of drills beautifully reflect light and create Diamond Painting Art that you will want to show off to all your family and friends. Many diamond painters like to do both and really anyone can do either. That said, you will find people who swear one or the other is better. These people are crazy but we love them anyway.