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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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Sacred Heart w/Divine Light, painted tin ornament
Sacred heart tin ornament handmade in Oaxaca.
Measures 3.5 inches wide by 4 inches tall.
SKU: RA-3_12
$3.75
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Sacred Tin Heart Ornament, blue border
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca
Measures 4 1/2 inches tall; painted with glossy, clear lacquer
SKU: TN-2_001
$3.75
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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 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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Tin Heart with Angel Wings, 3D wall decor, 12-inch
Tin heart with wings handcrafted in San Miguel de Allende.
Wall art measures 12 inches long by 6 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-2_005
$22.50
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Tin Heart by Carlos, medium, #05
Mexican hammered, tin heart figure, handcrafted in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 5 1/2 inches tall. Sprayed with clear, gloss finish.
SKU: TN-2_006
$5.25
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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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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/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, 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
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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/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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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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Tin Heart Wall Decor, sunflower design, 9-inch, by HG
Mexican tin heart wall plaque, handmade by Artesanias Garcia in Oaxaca, Mexico
SIZE: 9.5 inches tall by 6.5" wide. Painted one side only.
SKU: TN-2_014
$12.50
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Tin Heart by Carlos, small #9
Mexican tin heart figure, cut, embossed by hand in Oaxaca, Mexico
SIZE: 4 inches tall. Unpainted, but coated with clear gloss.
SKU: TN-2_015
$3.75
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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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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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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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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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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
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