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Tin Bird Figures

The Radiance of Tin Art

Tinwork is one of Mexico's oldest crafts. Rooted in Spanish colonial times, tinplate workers manufactured it by dipping thin sheets of iron into molten tin. This coats the iron with a bright, durable surface that is resistant to rusting. Our tin figures are entirely handmade (cutout, punched, embossed and soldered) by craftsmen using great precision and artistic flair. Painted with bright, durable lacquer and enamel colors, tin figures are inexpensive, lightweight and long lasting. In modern Mexico, the two centers of tin smithing are Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende, and we carry products from both cities. For more details, download our promotional flyer at this link.

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.


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Bird with Cut Flowers, tin wall art, 14-inch
Tin Bird Wall Plaque with Cut Flowers Design
Bird is coated with clear gloss, and measures 14 inches long by 9 1/2 inches tall.
SKU: TN-4_022
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
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
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
Birds Collection, Mexican Tin Ornaments, Boxed Set Of 10
Boxed set of Mexican tin bird ornaments, handmade in Oaxaca
Ornaments measure about 4 inches tall. 10 different designs as shown, in a box.
SKU: TN-4_014
Blue Parrot, 3D tin wall decor, 18-inch
3D tin parrot wall decoration made in Oaxaca by Aquino Family tinsmiths

Parrot measures 18 inches tall by 9 inches wide
SKU: TN-4_023
Chicken In Basket, tin figure
Tin figure handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
SIZE: 4 inches long
SKU: TN-3_029
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Dove, tin figure, blue
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4.5 inches long
SKU: TN-4_009
Dove, tin figure, white
Mexican tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca.
White dove, handpainted on both sides, measures 4.5 inches long
SKU: TN-4_016
Golondrina Trio, painted tin birds wall decor
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
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Golondrina, (swallow), Mexican tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
Flat, tin swallow measures 4 inches wide
SKU: TN-4_004
Hummingbird, Mexican painted tin figure
Tin bird handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Hummingbird measures 4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-4_017
Macaw Parrot, Mexican painted tin ornament, blue
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 5.5 inches tall
SKU: TN-4_001
Macaw Parrot, tin ornament, green
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
Green macaw parrot measures 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-4_008
Owl and Squirrel, Mexican tin ornament by HG
Handmade in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia
Measures 5 inches long. Painted one side only.
SKU: TN-4_030
Owl on Branch, blue, tin ornament by HG
Tin owl figure, painted both sides, made by Artesanias Garcia in Oaxaca
Flat owl figure measures 4 inches tall x 3 1/2" wide
SKU: TN-4_028
Owl on Branch, tin ornament, multicolor, by HG
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
Owl Pair, painted tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 3.5 inches long
SKU: TN-4_003
Owl, Mexican tin figure
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-4_002
Owl, pure copper, flat ornament
Mexican punched copper ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 5 inches tall. Hand-tooled copper figure.
SKU: TN-4_012
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