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Southwest Theme

The Radiance of Tin Art

Tinwork is one of Mexico's most colorful crafts. Rooted in Spanish colonial times, the art of tin making has changed very little since. Tin was originally manufactured by dipping thin sheets of iron into molten tin to coat them with a bright, durable surfactethat was resistant to rusting. These figures are entirely handmade (cutout, punched, embossed and soldered) by craftsmen using great precision and artistic flair. Painted with durable lacquer and enamel colors, tin figures are inexpensive, lightweight and long lasting.

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.

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A Southwest Collection - 10 Tin Ornaments in Box
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, tin ornament
Mexican tin armadillo is handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4.5 inches long
SKU: TN-3_004
$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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Butterfly, Pure Copper Figure
Copper butterfly figure handmade by Aquino Family in Oaxaca
Measures 5 inches wide, has loop on back for hanging on wall.
SKU: TN-5_024
$7.95
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Butterfly, tin figure
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches wide
SKU: TN-5_014
$3.75
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Cactus, Prickly Pear, tin figure
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 4.5 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_017
$3.75
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Campesino with Sombrero, tin figure
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 3.5 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_006
$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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Church, Mexican 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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Lady of Guadalupe, 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, tall
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, 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, yellow
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_002
$3.75
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Mermaid, tin figure
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, tin figure
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_010
$1.95
Original price: $3.75
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Piñata, tin figure
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches wide
SKU: TN-5_007
$3.75
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Shepherd and Lamb
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_013
$1.95
Original price: $3.75
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Sun Face, yellow
Mexican tin ornament handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches wide
SKU: TN-5_023
$3.75
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Sun Red Face, tin ornament
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-5_012
$3.75
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