About Me

Me and my little wearable artwork Stories Made By Hands

Hello… My name is Magdalena, but you can call me Lena. I am self-taught artist behind the unique jewelry “Stories Made by Hands” that is handmade from polymer clay with 10 years of polymer clay working experience.

I come from a small town called Šid, near the border between Serbia and Croatia. I finished Faculty of Sport and Physical Education master’s degree for professor. I worked as a volleyball coach and swimmer instructor for non-swimmers. My current job is coordinator in Caritas – working every day with refugees and migrants. I look at my jewelry work as a hobby.

I’ve tried all sorts of activities from gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, athletics, basketball, volleyball, football, I was even active in the fire department as a child. I love the activity and everything that moves. Always in search for a new adventures, and making jewelry is the only thing that calms me down and keep in one place.

When I make jewelry I make it like I’m making it for myself. I try to bring perfection and quality to every piece of jewelry. I love the idea of ​​making something special and unique with my hands every time. Each detail is done by hand, without molds, so there is no possibility of making two exactly same pieces of jewelry.

Each item is a piece of original and unique artwork. Each stems, leaf, petal, flower and dot is made without molds and placed on a background, one by one with tiny needle. Polymer clay bases of jewelry are also hand-shaped. Each piece of jewelry is the result of creation which takes hours or even days. I made this jewelry with a lot of patience and love, not paying attention to the time that was passing by. The biggest inspiration for my jewelry is in the nature and beautiful colors that nature gives us. When I start working on a certain piece of jewelry it’s all in my heart. I actually never know what it will look like in the end. It all begins with the first petal and then the story continues by itself.

The colors that I use are always carefully chosen for each piece of jewelry. I mix colors until I get the color and tone that I really want, than I shape and decorate each and every piece. I work with a very thin needle, applying every detail. Some of my details are smaller than a millimeter.

What motivates me to create and be even better at what I do is when I see how much joy and positivity my little works of art bring to people around the world.
I am grateful to God who has blessed me with many gifts!

What is the lifetime of the polymer clay jewelry?

If it is handled properly, polymer clay jewelry can have a very long duration. Although polymer clay is water resistant you should keep it away from the moist environment, considering the fact that there are some metal parts included. If cleaning is really necessary you can do it with a mixture of lukewarm water and a few drops of a detergent and, using a soft brush, apply it to the jewelry to remove stains. In most cases it is enough just to wipe it with a damp cloth. To avoid damage, keep it separately from other jewelry you have . Avoid the contact with chemicals and don`t leave it near heat. Do not pull and jounce this jewelry too much, just like you wouldn`t do it with any other jewelry you have.

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