Beautiful goblet/votive! You did a great job on everything...do you have a photo of it see-through-glowing when when there's a lit candle in it too??
. . .The leaves were a big pain in the butt. . . veins with the x-acto blade (that thing got a lot of work on this project! heh). . .
You could try making a stamp for the veining if you have to do something similar again sometime I guess, by making and baking one basic leaf with a least a little veining, baking it, then making a reverse stamp from that with clay and baking it to use as the stamp.
Or you could make a stamp+mold by using the baked clay-leaf-with-veining, but pressing the clay over it and around the edges
before removing baking. Then you could just figure out the quantity of clay to press into the stamp-mold that wouldn't overflow the mold interior to avoid having to actually cut out the shape.
(And if you'd made only a few lines in your stamp or mold/stamp, you could customize each raw leaf further before baking by impressing more vein lines with the Xacto or with a toothpick/blunt needle/etc to fill in around the pre-stamped ones.)
Your leaf has a lot of ins and outs around the edge of the shape so wouldn't be easy to make a cutter that shape but you might try an idea I had once but never tried for making some cutters?
...iow, create the (leaf) shape you want from a fairly thick sheet of raw clay, trying to make the sides of the shape fairly flat and perpendicular...bak
e...then wrap/bend a strip of metal** around the perimeter of the leaf shape, tape or epoxy-glue the overlap...use the whole unit as a cutter (if you try it, tell me if it works)
**brass, tin, aluminum (can), etc.
I just saw something else you made that I'm sure the Polymer Clay board would be interested in!...your polymer clay mosaic
used for a fountain, made with translucent-colored polymer tiles so it glows
when lit from the back... and over 1500 tiles!http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361516.msg4241191#msg4241191http://www.flickr.com/photos/64562440@N00/sets/72157624993531211
It's not frowned on here to at least announce a project you've put elsewhere that definitely relates to that board's topic too, and include a link so people can know it's there! I'll be putting a reply there too about quick ways to make tiles (if you decide to do that again, and you should!).