Lucky Star Fractal (open back) and Edokosome paper review
This model is a variant of the Lucky Star Fractal (aka Logarithmic Star), designed by myself and independently by many others before me, starting with Shuzo Fujimoto (see the link for more information). In this variant, the front looks the same, but the back is opened into a flower-like shape which resembles Floral Perpetua by Dasa Severowa.
This was the first time I folded Edokosome paper which I bought at CDO convention. I wasn’t quite sure I would like it since it is not a plain color or textured, but a patterend paper: there are several versions, this one being a “hana” flower pattern. However, when I got to folding, I was pleasantly surprised. The pattern is slightly embossed but very subtle: just strong enough to be recognizable, but does not distract from the folds or obscure the model’s structure. The colors are all toned-down and the whole impression is very elegant.
Folding properties were also surprisingly good. The paper is thin (for my standards) and crisp. It has a somewhat plasticky feel, which I normally don’t like, but in this case it didn’t bother me since it was combined with good stiffness. I was able to fold very precisely and drawing creases between selected intersection points was easy. Creases leave a clean and sharp mark. They also reverse easily and collapsing along precreased lines went very well. Folds hold well and the whole folding process, from pre-creasing to collapsing, went very smoothly. Overall, I found this paper to be really good for models like this, and I’m very happy I decided to give it a try despite my initial reservations. I already regret I didn’t buy any of the large sheets, which the great CDO store also offered.