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Tin Heart Plaques

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.

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.

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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Sacred Heart, w/antique finish, 4-inch (FA)
Sacred heart tin figure, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca.
Measures 4 inches tall. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_035
$3.75
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Tin Heart by Carlos, medium, #01
Mexican tin heart figure, wedding favor handmade in Oaxaca.
Measures 6 inches tall by 4" wide
SKU: TN-2_043
$5.25
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Tin Heart by Carlos, medium, #02
Tin heart handmade in Oaxaca by E. Carlos Valdez
SIZE: 6 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide.
SKU: TN-2_077
$5.25
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Tin Heart by Carlos, medium, #04
Tin heart plaque handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
SIZE: 5 1/2 inches tall by 5 1/2" wide
SKU: TN-2_087
$2.75
Original price: $4.95
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Tin Heart by Carlos, small, #01
Handmade in Oaxaca by E. Carlos Valdez
SIZE: 3 inches tall
SKU: TN-2_042
$3.95
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Tin Heart by Carlos, small, #03
Mexican tin heart handmade in Oaxaca by E. Carlos Valdez.
SIZE: 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-2_019
$3.95
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Tin Heart by Carlos, small, #04
Mexican tin heart with mirror plaque, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-2_046
$3.95
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Tin Heart by Carlos, small, #07
Mexican tin heart with cross, wall plaque, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 5 inches tall.
SKU: TN-2_050
$3.95
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Tin Heart by Carlos, small, #08
Tin heart wall plaque, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-2_055
$3.95
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Tin Heart by FA, w/wings
Mexican tin heart figure, handmade in Oaxaca
Handcrafted tin heart figure measures 4 3/4 inches tall by 4" wide.
SKU: TN-2_058
$4.25
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Tin Heart Inside Star by Carlos, medium #03
Southwestern style tin heart with star plaque handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 6 inches tall by 5 1/2" wide
SKU: TN-2_078
$5.25
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Tin Heart Mirror with Mini Hearts border, 9-inch (HG)
Tin heart, handmade in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia
Measures 9 inches tall by 7 1/2" wide. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_047
$5.95
Original price: $12.50
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Tin Heart Plaque with 12 Flowers, 7-inch, by FA
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca
7 inches tall by 5.5" wide. Painted front side only.
SKU: TN-2_039
$6.95
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Tin Heart Plaque with Mirror, Aztec Style, 7.5-inch (HG)
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 7 1/2 inches tall by 6 3/4" wide
SKU: TN-2_016
$12.50
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Tin Heart Plaque with pink lace border (FA)
Tin heart is handcrafted in Oaxaca by Aquino Family Artisans.
Heart measures 5 3/4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-2_108
$5.25
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Tin Heart Plaque, 3D Colorful Design, 8"
3-dimensional (not flat) tin heart wall plaque by Oaxacan tinsmith Tomás Santiago
Measures 5 inches wide by 8" tall. Curved front, flat on back
SKU: TN-2_049
$4.95
Original price: $8.95
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Tin Heart Plaque, aged-look
Tin heart wall plaque handmade in Oaxaca.
SIZE: Heart measures 6 inches tall; painted on front side only.
SKU: TN-2_061
$5.25
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Tin Heart Plaque, Aquino #2
Tin heart plaque handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
6 1/2 inches tall by 5 1/2" wide
SKU: TN-2_080
$6.95
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Tin Heart Plaque, Aquino #3
Tin Heart Plaque, handmade in Mexico
6 inches tall x 6" wide. Hangs on wall.
SKU: tn-2_075
$6.95
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Tin Heart Plaque, blue border
Tin heart is handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 5 inches tall x 3.5" wide
SKU: TN-2_081
$5.95
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