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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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Candle in Teardrop, Mexican tin Christmas ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_036
$3.75
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Candles with Ribbon Bow, tin Christmas ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_010
$3.75
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Cat with Angel Wings, tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
Cat is 4 inches long and painted on both sides.
SKU: TN-3_030
$3.75
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Christmas Tree, flat tin ornament, gold color
Flat, Mexican tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca by Aquino family
Measures 5 inches tall, painted one side only
SKU: TN-6_042
$3.75
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Christmas Tree, flat tin ornament, green
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 5 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_012
$3.75
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Christmas Tree, flat tin ornament, silver color
Mexican tin, flat ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4.5 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_013
$3.75
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Church, Mexican painted tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornaments handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4.5 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_007
$3.75
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Lantern, Mexican tin Christmas ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 1/4 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_011
$3.75
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Medallion with Heart & Angels, tin wall plaque, by Conrado
Handmade tin plaque by Conrado Villegas Alcazar
Medallion measures 6 1/2 inches tall by 6 inches wide.
SKU: TN-6_029
$45.00
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Naked Angel Cherub, tin art, flying right
Tin angel ornament, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas
SIZE: 7.5 inches long
SKU: TN-6_008
$14.50
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Naked Cherub Angels, Handmade Tin Christmas wall decor
A pair of flying tin angel wall plaques, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas
Two angels, each measure 6.5 inches long
SKU: TN-6_016
$22.50
Original price: $28.00
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Nativity Display, Fold-Up, Mexican Tin Art
Tin nativity scene is handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico by Aquino Family
10 inches long x 6" wide by 1/4" thick
SKU: TN-1_033
$34.00
Original price: $39.00
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Poinsettia #2, tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches long
SKU: TN-6_035
$3.75
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Poinsettia, painted tin Christmas decoration by Valdez family
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 5 inches wide
SKU: TN-6_025
$4.25
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Rocking Horse, tin figure
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6.5 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_026
$6.95
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Santa Claus, tin Christmas ornament
Flat, Mexican tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_038
$3.75
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Santa Face, tin Christmas ornament
Flat, Mexican tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_039
$3.75
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Snowflake, Mexican Tin Ornament, 5-inch
Mexican punched tin figure, handmade in Oaxaca. Painted front side only.
Snowflake measures 5 1/4 inches in diameter.
SKU: TN-6_005
$3.25
Original price: $4.50
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Snowman, tin Christmas ornament
Flat, Mexican tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_037
$3.75
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Star, Mexican Tin Ornament by Aquino family
Mexican tin star ornament, handmade by Aquino family
Measures 4 inches diameter, not flat, painted one side only
SKU: TN-6_041
$3.75
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