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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.

Products

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Heart with Crown, tin wall plaque
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed and painted in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall. Painted one side only.
SKU: TN-2_020
$6.95
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Heart with Cut-Our Border, 4-inch
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca.
SIZE: 4 inches tall. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_033
$4.25
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Heart with Flame, Spade-shape, 3D tin plaque
3-dimensional (not flat) tin heart wall plaque by Oaxacan tinsmith Tomás Santiago
SIZE: 5 inches tall by 3 inches wide. Two-piece construction, 3-dimensional.
SKU: TN-2_041
$5.95
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Heart with Floral Border, painted tin plaque by AG
Mexican tin heart figure, handmade in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia.
SIZE: 5 inches tall by 4" wide. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_029
$5.75
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Heart with Flower, painted tin wall plaque, blue border
Heart with flower, 3D construction, handmade in Mexico by Jaime Hdz. Cruz
Measures 7 inches tall
SKU: TN-2_099
$16.50
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Heart with Flower, painted tin wall plaque, red border
Heart with flower, 3D tin wall decor by Jaime Hdz. Cruz
Measures 7 inches tall. Hangs on wall.
SKU: TN-2_098
$16.50
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Heart with Flower, tin wall plaque
Mexican tin heart, handmade in Oaxaca. Painted front side only.
SIZE: 6 inches tall
SKU: TN-2_065
$6.25
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Heart with Flowers Ornament, antique-look finish, by FA
Mexican tin heart plaque, handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 4 inches tall. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_053
$4.25
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Heart with Red Flame, aged-look border, 6-inch (MARO)
Sacred heart tin plaque is handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 6 inches tall. Painted on front side only.
SKU: TN-2_073
$5.25
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Heart with Wings, Painted Tin Plaque
Painted tin heart with wings handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 7 1/2 inches long. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_088
$6.25
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Heart with Wings, wall art, 7 3/4 inch
Mexican tin heart with wings plaque, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca, Mexico
SIZE: 7 3/4 inches wide. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_018
$4.95
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Heart with Yellow Flower, wall decor
Heart with yellow flower, tin wall decor handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Heart measures 6 inches tall, painted front side only
SKU: TN-2_068
$6.25
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Heart-Shaped Tin Frame with Mirror, wall decor, 5-inch
Mexican tin heart-shaped frame with mirrored glass.
Measures 5 inches wide, by 5" tall. Mirrored glass can easily be replaced with photo.
SKU: TN-2_017
$6.95
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Khamsa Hand with Hearts, tin plaque, by Conrado
Mexican tin hand with hearts plaque by Conrado Villegas Alcazar
Hand measures 9 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-2_100
$25.00
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Medallion with Heart & Angels, tin wall plaque, by Conrado
Handmade tin plaque by Conrado Villegas Alcazar
Medallion measures 6 1/2 inches tall by 6 inches wide.
SKU: TN-6_029
$45.00
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Mexican Tin Art Heart with Cross, antique look finish
Mexican tin heart with cross, handmade in Oaxaca.
Measures 5 inches tall.
SKU: TN-2_040
$5.25
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Mexican Tin Heart Plaque with Sunflower emblem, by HG
Mexican tin heart plaque, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca, Mexico
SIZE: 6 inches tall. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_013
$5.25
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Mexican Tin Heart with Sunflower Emblem, by FA
Colorful and shiny, tin heart figure is embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca.
Heart wall art ornament measures 5 1/4 inches tall by 3 3/4" wide
SKU: TN-2_107
$5.75
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Mexican Tin Sacred Heart with Purple Flame, 6-inch, by HG
Mexican tin sacred heart figure, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 6 inches tall. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_028
$5.25
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Milagro Tin Heart, red/pink, by HG
Tin Heart handcrafted in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia
Heart measures 6 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches wide. Painted on front side only.
SKU: TN-2_109
$4.75
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