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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.

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Tin Angel Plaque, purple. Christmas wall decor
Angel wall plaque handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico by Tomás Santiago
Measures 14 inches tall by 11" wide. Unpainted on back.
SKU: TN-6_045
$9.95
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Tin Angel Wall Plaque, red, 14-inch
Angel wall plaque handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico by Tomás Santiago
SIZE: Measures 14 inches tall by 11" wide. Unpainted on back.
SKU: TN-6_046
$9.95
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Tin Angel Wall Plaque, yellow
Tin Angel Wall Plaque, handmade tinwork from Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 14 inches tall by 11" wide. Unpainted on back.
SKU: TN-6_044
$9.95
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Tin Angels Flying with Horns, pair, wall decor
Tin Angel Wall Plaques, Handmade by Conrado Villegas.
Each angel measures 7.5 inches long
SKU: TN-6_015
$28.00
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TIN MAGNET - Angel Figure
Tin angel with magnet, refrigerator art handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 2 1/4 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_04
$2.75
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TIN MAGNET - Santa Face
Santa Claus face, refrigerator magnet handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_05
$2.75
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Tin Mermaid Angel, wall art, 10-inch
Tinwork by Paulo Cortes Higuera. Wall plaque.
SIZE: 10 inches tall. Available with mermaid tails painted in orange or pink
SKU: TN-1_002
$18.50
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Tin Mermaid Angel, wall art, 6.5 inch
Tin sculpture, cut, soldered and painted by hand, by Taos Artesanias

6 1/2 inches tall by 7" wide. Each is hand-painted in different colors. Note some variations in the images.
SKU: TN-1_001
$16.50
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Wreath with Candle, tin Christmas ornament
Punched Mexican tin ornament handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 3 3/4 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_002
$3.75
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