Another good friend of mine does amazing bead work/sculptural jewelry. The beads she uses are amazing, she collects the best antique beads she can find. She also uses high end findings and beads.
Here's one of her sculptural/jewelry pieces that she uses beads and I don't know if the fish are buttons or beads. Probably beads she has many connections in the beading world. This dragonfly necklace is amazing. It changes colors and I thought it was more purple blue than reds and blues. So surprise when I went to take a picture of it and it's red and blue. Also if the pictures look funny it's because I am behind the jewelry, pointing the camera into her cases. I had too much glare from the sunshine and glass.Here's a shot of barrettes, a sculptural vase and another necklace. She really tries to take her jewelry making to another level and it turns out fabulously. Check out Leah's' work here, where the pictures are better and you can see a variety of what she does!