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Assorted Tin Figures

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.

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. Take a look and enjoy.

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Angel Cat, tin figure, blue
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_031
$5.95
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Angel Cat, tin figure, red
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_033
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Angel Cat, tin figure, yellow
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_032
$5.95
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Embossed Tin Box, 6 inches long
Embossed and painted, lidded tin box, handmade by Aquino Family
Measures 6 inches long x 3 1/2 wide x 1 1/2 deep.
SKU: TN-1_066
$24.95
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Embossed Tin Box, Design #2, 6 inch long
Floral design, lidded 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
$24.95
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Embossed Tin Box, Design #3, 6 inch long
Handcrafted tin box with embossed birds design, handmade in Oaxaca.
Embossed and painted by hand, tin box measures 5 3/4 inches long by 3 1/4" wide by 1 3/4" deep.
SKU: TN-1_068
$24.50
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FISH, tin wall plaque
Handcrafted tin fish by Aquino Family Artisans in Oaxaca
Gleaming fish plaque measures 12 inches long by 7" tall.
SKU: TN-1_003
$8.50
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Fold-Up Tin Nativity Display
Tin nativity scene is handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico by Aquino Family
10 inches long x 6" wide by 1/4" thick
SKU: TN-1_033
$39.00
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Frida Kahlo Tin Nicho
Handmade by Jaime Hdz. Cruz
SIZE: 6 inches tall. Features hinged door.
SKU: TN-1_022
$22.50
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Frida Kahlo Tin Nicho Frame, pink, 13-inch
Portrait of Artist Frida Kahlo set inside tin nicho frame, handmade by Jaime Hdz. Cruz
Nicho measures 13 inches tall by 9" wide. Hangs on a wall, or sits upright on a table.
SKU: TN-1_035
$39.00
Original price: $45.00
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Frida Kahlo Tin Nicho Heart, 5 inch
Heart-shaped tin nicho with image of Frida is handmade in San Miguel de Allendes
Measures 5 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-1_024
$24.50
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Frida Kahlo Tin Nicho Heart, blue, 6.5 inch
Tin Nicho Wall Decor Handmade by Jaime Hdz. Cruz
SIZE: 6 1/2 inches in diameter, by 1" deep. Features hinged, glass door.
SKU: TN-1_029
$28.50
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Frida Kahlo Tin Nicho with flowers
Frida Kahlo in hand-painted, tin nicho frame, by Rocio Pindter in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 6 inches tall by 3 3/4" wide. Stands upright on flat surface, or hangs on wall
SKU: TN-1_016
$24.50
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Frida Kahlo Tin Nicho, "Viva La Vida"
Frida Kahlo nicho frame, by Rocio Pindter in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 6 inches tall by 3 3/4" wide. Stands upright on flat surface, or hangs on wall
SKU: TN-1_018
$24.50
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Frida Kahlo Tin Nicho, pink frame, 8-inch
Handmade tin nicho by Jaime Hdz. Cruz
SIZE: 8 inches tall x 5 wide x 1 thick. Not freestanding; hangs on a wall.
SKU: TN-1_034
$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
$28.50
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Frida Kahlo, nicho frame, 13-inch
Portrait of Artist Frida Kahlo set inside tin nicho frame, handmade by Jaime Hdz. Cruz
Nicho measures 13 inches tall by 9" wide. Hangs on a wall, or sits upright on a table.
SKU: TN-1_036
$39.00
Original price: $45.00
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Golondrina Trio, tin birds
Trio of three tin birds, curved (not flat) wall plaques handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: One is 9 inches long, one is 7 inches long and one 4 1/2 inches long
SKU: TN-4_026
$13.95
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Hamsa, Mano De Fatima 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
$18.50
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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
$18.50
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