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Christmas & Angels

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 an array of tin products for the Christmas and holiday season. These include boxed and folding nativity scenes, and colorful, flat Christmas theme ornaments, all handmade in Oaxaca. These figures are tooled by hand, not stamped out with a machine, then painted on both sides in brilliant, gleaming colors. Use these flat ornaments to decorate your holiday tree, include them inside your holiday greeting cards, or use them as unique gift box ID tags. Add a few colorful stars to your front-door wreath.

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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A Christmas Collection - Boxed Set of 10 Painted Tin Ornaments
10 different Mexican tin Christmas ornaments in covered box, all handcrafted in Oaxaca.

Ornaments measure 4.5 inches tall average. Box measures 6" long x 4.5" wide, by 1.5" deep.
SKU: TN-6_003
$37.50
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A Tin Nativity Set - 10 hand-painted figures in aged-look box
Tin nativity set handmade in San Miguel de Allende by Juan Pastor Bautista
Human figures measure 3 1/2 inches tall. Set of 10 pieces in a painted box
SKU: TN-6_006
$29.50
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Angel Cat, painted tin figure, blue
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall by 5 inches wide. Has loop on back for hanging on a wall or tree.
SKU: TN-6_031
$6.50
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Angel Cat, painted tin figure, red
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_033
$6.50
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Angel Cat, painted tin figure, yellow
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_032
$6.50
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Angel Child, punched tin Christmas ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4.5 inches long
SKU: TN-6_019
$3.75
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Angel flying right, tin wall art
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas
SIZE: 6.5 inches long
SKU: TN-6_027
$14.50
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Angel Flying w/Star, punched tin Christmas ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4.5 inches long
SKU: TN-6_020
$3.75
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Angel Flying, punched tin Christmas ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches long
SKU: TN-6_018
$3.75
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Angel in Blue Dress, tin Christmas ornament
Flat, Mexican tin angel ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
Flat figure measures 4 inches wide.
SKU: TN-6_022
$3.75
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Angel kneeling, Mexican tin ornament, red gown
Hammered tin angel handcrafted in Oaxaca by the Aquino family, painted on both sides.

Tin angel ornament measures 4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-6_049
$3.75
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Angel Praying, punched tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_021
$3.75
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Angel w/Choir Book, Mexican tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4.5 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_028
$3.75
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Angel w/Mandolin, painted tin ornament, green
Angel with mandolin tin ornament made by Aquino family and painted on both sides.
Tin angel measures 4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-6_052
$3.75
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Angel with Candle, tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 3 inches wide
SKU: TN-6_024
$3.25
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Angel with Rosary Beads, painted tin ornament
Flat, Mexican tin angel ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 5 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_043
$3.75
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Angel, Mexican tin ornament, welcoming arms
Tin angel, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-6_009
$3.75
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Angel, tin ornament, kneeling, blue gown
Punched tin angel ornament, kneeling with candle, by Artesanias Garcia.
Angel measures 4 inches tall. It is painted on both sides.
SKU: TN-6_048
$3.75
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Angel-Bell, tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 5 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_017
$3.75
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Bell with Ribbon, Mexican tin Christmas ornament
Mexican punched tin art ornament handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 3 3/4 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_001
$3.75
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