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Tin Bird Figures

The Radiance of Tin Art

Tinwork is one of Mexico's most colorful crafts. Rooted in Spanish colonial times, the art of tin making has changed very little since. Tin was originally manufactured by dipping thin sheets of iron into molten tin to coat them with a bright, durable surfactethat was resistant to rusting. These figures are entirely handmade (cutout, punched, embossed and soldered) by craftsmen using great precision and artistic flair. Painted with durable lacquer and enamel colors, tin figures are inexpensive, lightweight and long lasting.

In this section of our Mexican tin art collection, we offer flat bird ornaments of many species (doves, roosters, owls, parrots, toucans and more), all handmade in Oaxaca. These figures are tooled by hand, not stamped out with a machine. They are painted on both sides in gleaming and durable enamel and lacquer colors.

Please take the time to browse our other tin products, including animal figures, Valentine hearts, Day of Dead, Christmas ornaments and tin stars, nicho frames and fridge magnets. Use the drop-down menu above, under TIN ART.

The age of tinwork in Mexico goes back at least to the 1700s. Tin was originally manufactured by dipping thin sheets of iron into molten tin to coat them with a bright surface that was durable and highly resistant to rusting. (However, if the surface is scratched, revealing the iron underneath, it will begin to rust if exposed to rain or high humidity.) For an artisan, the appeal of working with tin is its lightness, strength and low cost. It is easily bent, cut and soldered to form intricate shapes.

In eras gone by, Mexicans decorated their homes with tin photo frames, candelabras, lanterns, tin and glass frames (nichos) holding pictures of saints. In humble churches, tin crowns were set on the heads of statues, lit tin lanterns were carried during processions, tin candlesticks adorn the altars.

Tinwork is often referred as the poor man's silver. In Mexico, every religious and festive object handcrafted in silver has a counterpart in humbler forms made from tinplate. Yet the same degree of skill and passion the silversmiths put into their work could be found in the less opulent pieces made by tinsmiths. Their pieces, too had an alluring shine, that charming brilliance.

These days, tinsmiths in Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende are carrying on the traditions, making Christmas decorations, tin soldiers, heart-shaped wall plaques and a variety of clever toys. Most of their work is for export to the southern United States, where tinwork is one of the most visible manifestations of Mexican Culture. Most popular with American collectors are the cheerful, flat ornaments, of which we have many here at Viva Oaxaca Folk Art. Take a look and enjoy.

Products

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Bird with cut flowers, 12-inch
Bird Plaque with Cut Flowers Design
SIZE: 12 inches long.
SKU: TN-4_022
$8.50
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Bird with cut flowers, tin wall decor, 12 inches
Tin Bird with Cut Flowers, wall decor handmade in Oaxaca
Tin bird measures 12 inches long by 10" tall.
SKU: TN-4_020
$8.50
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Bird with cut flowers, tin wall decor, 9.5 inch
Bird with Cut Flowers, wall decor handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 9 1/2 inches long by 7 1/2" tall
SKU: TN-4_019
$7.50
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Bird, Golondrina tin plaque, 10-inch
Golondrina bird tin wall plaque, handmade in Oaxaca
Tin bird plaque measures 10 inches tall by 10" wide.
SKU: TN-4_021
$8.50
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Bird, Golondrina, tin wall decor, 9-inch
Mexican tin bird wall art, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 9 inches long by 7" tall
SKU: TN-4_015
$7.50
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Birds Collection, 10 Tin Ornaments in Box
Mexican tin ornaments, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: Ornaments about 4 inches tall. 10 different designs as shown, in a box
SKU: TN-4_014
$32.50
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Chicken In Basket, tin figure
Tin figure handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
SIZE: 4 inches long
SKU: TN-3_029
$3.75
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Dove, tin figure, blue
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4.5 inches long
SKU: TN-4_009
$3.75
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Dove, tin figure, white
Mexican tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca.
SIZE: 4.5 inches long
SKU: TN-4_016
$3.75
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Golondrina Trio, tin birds
Trio of three tin birds, curved (not flat) wall plaques handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: One is 9 inches long, one is 7 inches long and one 4 1/2 inches long
SKU: TN-4_026
$13.95
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Golondrina, Swallow
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches wide
SKU: TN-4_004
$3.75
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Hummingbird, Mexican tin figure
Tin bird handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Hummingbird measures 4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-4_017
$3.75
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Macaw Parrot, blue
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 5.5 inches tall
SKU: TN-4_001
$3.75
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Macaw Parrot, green
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-4_008
$3.75
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Owl and Squirrel, tin ornament by Hipolito
Handmade in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia
Measures 5 inches long. Painted one side only.
SKU: TN-4_030
$4.25
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OWL on Branch, blue, tin ornament by Hipolito
Tin owl figure, painted both sides, made by Artesanias Garcia in Oaxac
Measures 4 inches tall x 3 1/2" wide
SKU: TN-4_028
$3.75
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Owl on Branch, tin ornament, multicolor, by Hipolito
Tin owl multicolor figure is made by Artesanias Garcia
Owl measures 4 inches tall by 3 1/2" wide. Painted on both sides.
SKU: TN-4_029
$3.75
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Owl Pair, tin figure
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 3.5 inches long
SKU: TN-4_003
$3.75
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Owl, copper ornament
Mexican punched copper ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 5 inches tall. Hand-tooled copper figure.
SKU: TN-4_012
$7.95
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Owl, Mexican tin figure
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-4_002
$3.75
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