I’m happy to report I figured out a good way to make these fancy leaves with SubD. I made just a few simple leaf sausages, and then just stretched, bent, scaled, and jimmied around edges/vertices/faces to nudge each one into place. Then I just simple Booleaned all the SubDs with the good ol’ Boolean button, and it auto-converted them into solid closed polysurfaces, which I then FlowAlongSrf onto the bracelet.
And my computer didn’t even crash or freeze, AMAZING! Now hopefully the customer will actually like it