I am curious to how other people approach modeling something very ornate. For instance, some chandeliers have very ornate designs on their arms. There, of course, is the underlining form which is simple to approach from a modeling standpoint, but what about if the arms have fine ornate details? Or another example would be a medal plate with etched out patterns. Fancy candle holders too. I don’t want to fake it with textures, but I really could use some advice on how to start.
I really hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance.