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Tin Heart Ornaments & Wall Decor

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.

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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Tin Heart Decoration "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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Tin Heart Ornament, "Corazón Garieoliado," 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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A Tin Heart Collection, Boxed Set of 5 Romantic 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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Eight Hearts Design, Painted Tin Wall Decor, 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
$7.95
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Heart Milagro with Mirror, sunflower design, Mexican tin art
Mexican tin heart with mirror, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca.
SIZE: 6 inches tall. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_037
$4.95
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Heart Plaque, Pink/Blue, painted tin art 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, tin art by 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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Heart Plaque, with pink buds border, painted tin art by FA
Colorful tin heart plaque handmade in Oaxaca by Aquino Family
Tin heart plaque measures 5 inches tall. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_105
$5.75
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Heart w/ Aged-Look Border, tin wall plaque, 7-inch
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 7 inches tall. Handmade in Oaxaca. Painted one side only.
SKU: TN-2_008
$6.95
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Heart w/Angel, painted tin wall plaque
Mexican tin heart with angel, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Heart plaque measures 5 inches tall by 5" wide. Painted on front side only.
SKU: TN-2_004
$6.25
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Heart w/black border, 5.5-inch, tin wall plaque
Tin heart figure, hand-cut, embossed and painted in Oaxaca
SIZE: 5.5 inches tall.
SKU: TN-2_032
$5.95
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Heart w/blue border, painted tin wall decor, 7-inch
Tin heart plaque, festive wedding decor, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 7 inches tall. Painted one side only.
SKU: TN-2_009
$4.59
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Heart w/green border, 5.5-inch, tin wall plaque
Mexican tin heart, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 5.5 inches tall x 4.5" wide. Painted on front side only.
SKU: TN-2_011
$5.95
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Heart w/green border, painted tin wall decoration, 7-inch
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca, Mexico
SIZE: 7 inches tall. Painted one side only.
SKU: TN-2_010
$4.59
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Heart w/orange border, painted tin wall plaque, 7-inch
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca, Mexico
SIZE: 7 inches tall. Painted one side only.
SKU: TN-2_012
$4.59
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Heart with Birds, Mexican painted tin wall decor
Mexican tin heart wall plaque, handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 8 inches wide by 7 inches tall. Handmade by Angel Valdez Studio. Painted one side only.
SKU: TN-2_021
$13.95
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Heart with black, floral border, Mexican tin art
Flaming tin heart ornament handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 5 3/4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-2_089
$5.25
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Heart with Blue Wings, tin wall art
Mexican tin heart figure, handmade in Oaxaca
Heart measures 5.5 inches wide. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_038
$6.25
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Heart with Cross, antique finish, #2, tin art by FA
Heart with cross handmade in Oaxaca by Familia Aquino
Measures 4 inches tall. Back side is unpainted.
SKU: TN-2_092
$4.25
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Heart with Cross, antique finish, tin art by FA
Mexican tin heart with antique finish handmade in Oaxaca by Familia Aquinas
Measures 4 1/4 inches tall. Unpainted back side.
SKU: TN-2_085
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