I’m still obsessed with diamond painting. I’ve been searching all the socials trying to find more people to follow who share my newfound obsession. I mentioned in a previous post that I went a little crazy buying kits on Black Friday. I knew it would take those packages a while to get here, so I bought a couple of smaller kits on Amazon just to keep my hands busy. They arrived in just a couple of days, so I broke the smallest one out and got to work.
I want to try out a variety of kits, styles, and companies to see who makes the best product. So far, the kits I’ve purchased on Amazon have been okay, but they are definitely not as high quality as the one Diamond Art Club kit I’ve purchased. To be fair, the kits I’ve ordered on Amazon are much cheaper, so the quality is on par with the cost.
The small canvas I started with was from a company called ToCare. I have no idea what or who this company is, other than they are likely Chinese. Which isn’t surprising, given that most companies, even those in the US, seem to get their supply of diamond drills (the little plastic pieces you place on the canvas) from China. They sell on Amazon, but there’s no info on the company to be found, only their products. Their info also listed a Facebook page, but again, not much beyond a link to their Amazon store and an email address. I tried looking up info on their email address, but they are apparently using an email service (163.com) that is (surprise!) in Chinese, so I’m glad I didn’t have any issues I needed to contact them about. 😛
The kit included this info page, which I am grateful for, because the legend key on the canvas itself was small and hard for my old eyes to read. You can tell that whatever translation service they are using (probably Google) doesn’t do a great job. While I understand the gist, no native English speaker would ask, “Have words for team ToCare?” or say, “We are social.” They misspelled Rainbow as Rainhow, something that spell check should have caught. Also, the Amazon listing says this is a unicorn, not a horse, so I was bit confused when the kit arrived. Although, the picture does match, so my own fault for not realizing there was no horn. 😀
The kit came with the standard items – drill pen, wax, tray, tweezers, and of course, the diamonds and canvas. The kit is $10.98 USD – I get free shipping as a Prime member. I sorted out the diamonds into containers (called kitting up) and got to work. The first day went pretty smooth, although there was a LOT of white. The first day I worked on it was a Sunday, so I made a lot of good progress while my hubby watched football.
I had to work the next couple of days, so I worked in smaller spurts. This canvas was round drills, which was a change, because I’d been working with square drills previously. There was a note at the bottom of the canvas that said, “Please the complete the torn part in time.” I had no idea what this meant until I was searching around on their Amazon page. Apparently, this is another lost in translation thing. Most DP kits come with some kind of cover, either paper or transparent plastic like you see here. This is to protect the adhesive that holds the diamonds while you work, covering the parts that you aren’t working on yet. So the note was meant to advise you to tear off/cut the film cover as you work.
I did have a bit of trouble getting the canvas to lay flat. It is currently still under some heavy books, as I’m hoping the weight will flatten it out, since the diamonds didn’t. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try ironing it. Hoping I don’t have to, since that gets a bit tricky with the diamonds already attached.
The diamond drills themselves were mostly okay, though there was some slag (misshapen pieces). I did have extras left over, which I will add to my stash of extras. Most people keep their leftovers on hand to use in case other kits are missing diamonds or they run out of a color. These are my ‘tic tac’ storage boxes. They work fine, but I upgraded to some different storage that I like much better.
I bought this particular kit because I wanted to try round drills again to see how they compared with the square. The round drills are definitely much more forgiving and easier to move around than the square. However, the square ones cover more of the canvas, which I like better. The round drills leave some of the background exposed and sometimes that means you can see the symbols through the diamonds. I also wanted to try something with bright colors, and this kit certainly fit the bill.
The listing says the canvas is 30cmX40cm, which is 12″X16″. However, keep in mind that this is the size of the entire canvas, not the drill field itself. After measuring, the canvas I received is actually 12 1/4″ X 15 1/2″. The drill field measures 9 1/2″ X 13 1/4″, which is roughly 24.1cmX33.6xm. So it’s a little smaller than usual – with most kits you can subtract about 5cm (~2″) from the size and get a rough estimate of the size of the drill field.
It took me 4 days to complete the canvas, though that is probably only about 8 hours of actual painting time. I’m going to start keeping better track of my painting time, so I can compare them as well as the kits and companies. I’ve created a spreadsheet to track orders, times, and completion dates, so we’ll see how I organized I can keep it. 🙂
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this canvas, as I just bought it to keep busy rather than with a recipient in mind. I have another canvas from this same company which is a peacock. It’s larger than this canvas, and it’s a lot of blue and white, so I’m curious to see how it compares to this kit. I need to get started on it, since I just received notification that two of my Black Friday kits have shipped.
The kits from ToCare are okay, but I’m not sure if I will buy any more from them. The canvas material is stiff and it’s difficult to get the creases out. It’s also somewhat shiny, which made reading the symbol key difficult. The drill quality is ok, but not great. I prefer the paper cover rather than the plastic film, but the adhesive is good. I’m curious to see how the peacock kit compares. I haven’t opened it yet, so maybe I’ll do one of those ‘unboxing’ videos. 😀