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April 25, 2020
Diamond painting is a lot of fun—and it’s also a lot of fun work! With all the effort that goes into creating one of these beauties, you’ll want to make sure that you’re buying the best quality diamond painting kits for the money. No matter which brand you choose, there are a few things to look for that will ensure you receive a beautiful, well-made kit. Here’s a list of those things to help guide your selection!
These two factors are important because a full drill 5D diamond kit will produce the most beautiful painting possible. Full drill kits are those that come with either square or round diamonds that fill the entire canvas. Partial drill kits are again either square or round but only fill parts of the entire canvas - the rest is pre-inked like a normal painting. Full drill kits are much preferred in the diamond painting community.
Similarly, 5D diamonds (inspired by the concept of five-dimensional space) are the better choice over 3D diamonds. This is because the 5D drills have more facets—between nine and twenty-five depending on drill quality, while 3D drills have at most only nine facets. The end result is a 5D painting that has a lot more sparkle and shine than a 3D painting.
When you’re browsing diamond paintings, pay close attention to the images that the retailer provides. If the seller is showing you images of a finished diamond painting, then you’ll be better able to judge the painting’s overall quality. Some sellers, however, simply display stock photos rather than the paintings themselves. If you can’t zoom in and see the diamonds, then beware—the painting may end up looking different from the images displayed on the seller’s website!
Legal licensing on art and designs is incredibly important! If you’ve browsed Amazon or other major online retailers before, you’ve probably seen the same designs being sold by a variety of different resellers—and that’s because those designs are being used without the original artist’s permission, without giving that artist any credit. When you buy legally licensed designs, that means the artist is getting credit for the work that he or she produced.
The quality of the tools is a common complaint among lower quality diamond painting kits. Few things are more frustrating than a poorly made stylus in which the grip or the tip shifts around just as you’re carefully placing a diamond. Choose kits that come from retailers with a reputation for providing quality tools. Tweezers should have a fine point, and they should be easy to use. Placers for multiple drills should place those drills with precision, and the kit should also feature a drill tray and a diamond straightener tool, too.
With all the work that goes into creating a gorgeous diamond painting, you’ll want to make sure that painting lasts a lifetime! This is what makes lifetime warranties so important. When you buy a kit with a lifetime warranty, it’s an assurance that you’re getting a quality product that will last. And if something does happen to your painting—diamonds falling off with time or losing their shine—then the warranty keeps you covered against these issues.
With that, a good lifetime warranty will also guarantee you against any product defects. If your canvas arrives with creases or tears, if there are defects with the tools that came in your kit, or if your kit is missing diamonds, the warranty ensures that you’ll be able to get a refund or replacement.
We all love getting a good deal, but if you run across diamond paintings that are being offered for substantially less than prices you’ve been seeing elsewhere, then be careful. Read the reviews thoroughly, and Google search reviews of the seller before you buy. When in doubt, trust your instincts. If it seems too good to be true, then it might not be a good purchase.
Speaking of price, a diamond canvas kit is only as good as its component pieces! When you’re looking at new kits, check for information about the canvas material. Some sellers cut corners to offer a cheaper product by using a lower quality fabric—and the resulting painting might be difficult to complete or may not last all that long. Reputable sellers will provide a good quality canvas that is plenty sturdy, soft enough that it will lay out smooth, and the design printed on it will be clean and high-resolution.
With that, clarity is important, too. The printed design on the canvas should be clear, and the symbols that show you where to place each diamond should be easy to read. Some fabrics have a thicker weave, which results in blurry symbols that can be a challenge to decipher.
U.S. shipping is important for a few reasons. First, the shipping costs will be a lot less than international shipping—and you won’t run into a situation where you may have to pay customs fees. With that, shipments from overseas can sometimes take weeks to arrive, so products shipped from within the U.S. should get to you much quicker. Overseas freight requires a lot of handling during the shipping process, too, which increases the likelihood that your shipment arrives damaged.
Finally, there are certain places around the world where the production of counterfeit or shoddy products is quite prominent. When you choose products that ship from within the U.S., you’ll lower the chances of receiving a dud!
Diamond paintings are a project that you can display in your home for years to come. Use these tips to help you choose the best diamond painting kits that give you the most beauty for your money!
August 12, 2020
Kathy – Amazon frames are perfect! I got a 60cmx60cm for a custom print and it’s very minimal. It was under $20.
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