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Southwest Theme

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 hand-tooled, flat ornaments with a Southwest theme -- cacti, chiles, sunflowers, piñatas, coyboy boots, even Our Lady of Guadalupe -- all handmade in Oaxaca. Use them as Christmas tree decorations, hang them in a collage on the wall, include them in your greeting cards. or use them as unique and colorful gift box ties. They are colorful and cheerful, so have some fun with them.

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 Southwest Collection - 10 Painted Tin Ornaments, boxed set
Mexican punched tin ornaments, handmade in Oaxaca
10 different ornaments, as shown, in box
SKU: TN-5_021
$32.50
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Armadillo, Mexican tin ornament
Armadillo flat tin ornament is painted on both sides, handcrafted in Oaxaca.

Armadillo measures 4 1/2 inches long.
SKU: TN-3_004
$3.75
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Bananas, bunch of three, Mexican tin ornaments
Bunch of bananas, Handmade tin ornament

Bunch of Mexican tin bananas measures 6.5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide.
SKU: TN-5_031
$3.75
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Boot with Spurs, tin ornament
Tin boot with spur handcrafted tin ornament from Oaxaca, Mexico
Hand-painted boot measures 4 inches tall by 3 3/4" long
SKU: TN-5_003
$3.75
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Cactus, Prickly Pear, painted tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_018
$3.75
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Campesino with Sombrero, painted tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 3.5 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_006
$3.75
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Chile Poblano Red Pepper, Mexican tin ornament
Red Poblano chile pepper, tin ornament handcrafted in Oaxaca, Mexico

Red pepper tin figure measures 6 inches long
SKU: TN-5_029
$3.75
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Chile Poblano, green pepper, Mexican tin ornament
Green, Poblano Chile ornament handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico

Green poblano chile pepper tin ornament measures 6 inches long.
SKU: TN-5_028
$3.75
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Chili Pepper, tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
Red chili pepper ornament measures 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_004
$3.75
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Chili Peppers Cluster, Mexican tin ornament
Handcrafted, tin ornament depicts cluster of three, bulging red chili peppers.

Chili cluster measures 3.5 inches tall.
SKU: TN-5_025
$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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Cowboy Boot, tin ornament
Cowboy Boot - Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
Figure measures 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_008
$3.75
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Granada Fruit, Mexican tin ornament
Pomegranite, Mexican tin ornament

Tin granada fruit figure measures 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_033
$3.75
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Lady of Guadalupe, Mexican tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
Hand-embossed figure measures 3 3/4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-5_015
$3.75
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Man in Moon, tin ornament, 4.5-inch
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4.5 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_020
$3.75
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Man in the Moon, painted tin ornament, blue
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_001
$3.75
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Man in the Moon, painted tin ornament, yellow
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_002
$3.75
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Mermaid Playing Guitar, tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_009
$2.25
Original price: $3.75
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Mushroom, Mexican tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_010
$2.25
Original price: $3.75
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Onion, Mexican tin ornament
Onion tin ornament handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico

Onion with green leaves, tin ornament measures 6 1/2 inches tall.
SKU: TN-5_030
$3.75
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