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Assorted Tin Figures

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.

On this page of Mexican tin are, we offer miscellaneous figures such as covered, tin boxes, fish and bird wall decor, milagro crosses, Khamsa hands, embossed tissue box covers and colorful Frida Kahlo nicho frames.

VIEW OTHER CATEGORIES, including including romantic hearts, birds, Day of Dead, Christmas ornaments and tin stars, and fridge magnet art by following the drop down menu links under the white navigation tab, "TIN ART," above.

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. Please a look through our collection!


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Angel Cat, painted tin figure, blue
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall by 5 inches wide. Has loop on back for hanging on a wall or tree.
SKU: TN-6_031
Angel Cat, painted tin figure, red
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_033
Embossed Tin Box, Design #1, (flower & 4 butterflies), 6 inches long
Lidded tin box, embossed and painted by hand, by Aquino Family
Measures 6 inches long x 3 1/2 wide x 1 1/2 deep.
SKU: TN-1_066
Embossed Tin Box, Design #2, (2 flowers), 6 inch long
Floral design, decorative tin box handcrafted in Oaxaca, Mexico
Embossed and painted by hand, tin box measures 5 3/4 inches long by 3 1/4" by 1 3/4" deep.
SKU: TN-1_067
Embossed Tin Box, Design #3, (Love Birds), 6 inch long
Decorative tin box with embossed birds design, handmade in Oaxaca.
Tin box measures 5 3/4 inches long by 3 1/4" wide by 1 3/4" deep.
SKU: TN-1_068
Embossed Tin Box, Design #4, (blossoms & ferns), 6 inch long
Handmade in Oaxaca by Aquino Family tinsmiths
Embossed and painted by hand, measures 6 inches long by 3 3/4" wide by 1 3/4" deep
SKU: TN-1_069
Facial Tissue Box, Tin Cover
Hand-embossed tin tissue box cover by Aquino Family in Oaxaca
10 inches long x 5" wide by 2 3/4" deep.
SKU: TN-1_030
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FISH, tin wall decor
Handcrafted tin fish by Aquino Family Artisans in Oaxaca

Gleaming fish wall art measures 12 inches long by 7" tall.
SKU: TN-1_003
Flying Birds Trio, Mexican tin wall decor
Trio of three tin birds, curved (not flat) wall plaques handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: One is 10 inches long, one is 8 inches long and one 6 1/2 inches long
SKU: TN-4_026
Frida Kahlo, Mexican Tin Nicho Heart, yellow, 6-inch
Heart-shaped tin nicho with print image of Frida is handmade in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Frida Kahlo nicho measures 6 inches wide by 6 inches tall.
SKU: TN-1_024
Frida Kahlo, Mexican tin nicho wall art, blue, 8-inch
Portrait of Artist Frida Kahlo set inside tin nicho frame, handmade by Jaime Hdz. Cruz

Nicho measures 8 inches tall by 5" wide. Hinged, glass door open to inner compartment. Hangs on a wall
SKU: TN-1_036
Frida Kahlo, Tin Nicho Heart, blue, 6 inch
Tin Nicho wall decor with printed image of Frida Kahlo is handmade by Jaime Hdz. Cruz

SIZE: Tin nicho frame measures 6 inches in diameter, by 1" deep. Features hinged, glass door that opens to inner compartment. Hangs on a wall.
SKU: TN-1_029
Frida Kahlo, Tin Nicho, wall art, 6-inch
Handmade nicho with image of Frida Kahlo, by Jaime Hdz. Cruz

SIZE: 6 inches tall, with hinged glass door, hangs on a wall.
SKU: TN-1_022
Original price: $28.50
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Frida Kahlo, Tin Wall Plaque (guirnalda)
Flat, tin plaque bearing printed image of Frida Kahlo. Handmade by Rocio Pindter.
SIZE: 13 inches tall by 9 wide
SKU: TN-1_049
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Hamsa, Mano De Fatima Tin Plaque, with heart
Mexican open-handed Hamsa tin plaque, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas Alcázar
SIZE: 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide
SKU: TN-1_017
Hamsa, Mano de Fatima, with birds, by Conrado
Mexican punched tin Hamsa wall plaque, handcrafted by Conrado Villegas.
SIZE: 5 1/4 inches tall
SKU: TN-1_010
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
Lady of Guadalupe, tin wall plaque
Tinwork by Aquino family in Oaxaca, Mexico
SIZE: 5 1/2 inches tall x 3" wide by 3/4" deep
SKU: TN-1_058
Light Switch Plate w/Milagros, Mexican tin art
Mexican punched tin art, handmade in Oaxaca by Conrado Villegas
SIZE: 7 inches tall
SKU: TN-1_014
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Mexican Tin Nicho, Blue Heart, Empty Frame - Decorate with your own keepsakes
Handcrafted, tin nicho frame hand-painted blue with red hearts

Heart-shaped nicho measures 6 inches tall by 6" long. Closed image compartment measures 3.5 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide by 3/4 inch deep.
SKU: TN-1_007
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