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Tin Heart Plaques

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. Many of our customers like to hang the shiny, flat ornaments on their Christmas trees, or slip the lightweight figures into their holiday cards. For more details, download our promotional flyer at this link.

This subcategory of Mexican tin art contains colorful tin heart ornaments and wall plaques, all handmade in Oaxaca. We have the biggest selection of handmade Mexican tin hearts online. Our customers use them for wedding and shower decorations, Valentine's Day keepsakes, clever dangling mobiles and decorative wall decor.

Please take the time to browse our other tin products, including animal figures, birds, Day of Dead, Christmas ornaments and tin stars, nicho frames and fridge magnets. Use the drop-down menu above, under TIN ART.

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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8 Hearts Tin Plaque, 6.5 inch tall (by FA)
Tin heart plaque with multi-hearts border handcrafted in Oaxaca, Mexico
Heart measures 6 1/2 inches tall. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_104
$6.95
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A Tin Heart Collection, Box of 10 Handcrafted Plaques
Boxed collection of ten different, handmade Mexican tin heart plaques as shown.
Hearts range from 3 1/2 to 6 inches tall. Buy the box and save $10 over individual heart prices.
SKU: TN-2_071
$37.50
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A Tin Heart Collection, Box of 5 Designs, Unpainted
Tin heart ornaments, 5 designs as pictured, gleaming, natural tin color.
Hearts measure between 4 and 6 inches tall. Each handcrafted in Oaxaca, Mexico
SKU: TN-2_082
$19.50
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Corazón Abundancia, tin heart plaque (Conrado)
Mexican tin heart plaque, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 8.5 inches long. Painted front side only. Superb craftsmanship on thin tin.
SKU: TN-2_026
$12.50
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Corazón Con Flama by Conrado, tin heart
Mexican tin heart plaque, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 6 inches tall. Painted front side only. Superb craftsmanship on thin tin.
SKU: TN-2_062
$9.50
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Corazón Con Flecha Y Cruz, tin heart (Conrado)
Mexican tin heart plaque handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_072
$9.50
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Corazón Con Flores Arriba, tin heart by Conrado
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed and painted by hand by Conrado Villegas in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_025
$12.50
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Corazón Con Flores Azul Rededor, by Conrado
Mexican tin heart plaque, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 4 inches tall. Painted front side only. Superb craftsmanship on thin tin.
SKU: TN-2_027
$12.50
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Corazón Con Flores Rededor, by Conrado
Mexican tin heart plaque, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 4 inches tall. Painted front side only. Superb craftsmanship on thin tin.
SKU: TN-2_051
$12.50
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Corazón Con Rosas, tin heart by Conrado
Mexican tin heart plaque, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 4.5 inches tall. Painted front side only. Superb craftsmanship on thin tin.
SKU: TN-2_023
$9.50
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Corazon Cruzado, Tin Heart by Conrado
Tin heart plaque handmade by Conrado Villegas in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall; fine craftwork on ultra thin tin
SKU: TN-2_064
$9.50
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Corazón de Encaje, tin heart plaque by Conrado
Mexican tin heart plaque, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 6 inches tall. Painted front side only. Superb craftsmanship on thin tin.
SKU: TN-2_045
$9.50
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Corazón de Jesús by Conrado, tin heart
Mexican tin sacred heart plaque, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 4.5 inches tall. Painted front side only. Superb craftsmanship on thin tin.
SKU: TN-2_024
$9.50
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Corazón Garieoliado, tin heart plaque by Conrado
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed and painted by hand by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 5 inches tall. Finely detailed handmade design. Painted one side only.
SKU: TN-2_007
$12.50
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Hand with Hearts, tin plaque, 6-inch, by Conrado
Hamsa Hand with Hearts, by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 6 inches tall
SKU: TN-2_069
$12.00
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Heart Milagro w/red flame, HG
Tin heart handcrafted in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia
Milagro heart measures 6 1/4 inches tall by 3 1/4" wide. Hand-painted on front side only.
SKU: TN-2_110
$5.25
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Heart plaque, antique finish by FA
Tin heart plaque handmade in Oaxaca by Familia Aquino
Measures 3 1/2 inches tall by 3 1/4" wide.
SKU: TN-2_076
$4.25
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Heart Plaque, Oblong Shape, by FA
Tin heart handmade in Oaxaca by Familia Aquino
Measures 4 inches tall. Unpainted on back side.
SKU: TN-2_093
$4.25
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Heart Plaque, Pink/Blue, by FA
Tin heart ornament handmade by Aquino family tinsmiths in Oaxaca
Measures 3 1/2 inches tall by 3" wide; painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_084
$2.75
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Heart Plaque, scalloped border, orange flame FA
Hand-crafted Mexican tin heart, wedding favor and wall plaque.
Measures 6 inches tall, painted on front, only.
SKU: TN-2_003
$6.25
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