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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!

Products

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Star of David, tin ornament, blue in blue, 4-inch
Round, Star of David ornament handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Tin ornament measures 4 inches in diameter and is painted on both sides.
SKU: REART: RA-3_14
$4.50
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Star of David, tin ornament, blue in yellow, 4-inch
Star of David handcrafted tin ornament from Oaxaca, Mexico
Round, flat ornament measures 4 inches in diameter. It is painted on both sides.
SKU: REART:RA-3_15
$4.50
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Star of David, tin ornament, red in blue, 4-inch
Star of David handcrafted tin ornament from Oaxaca, Mexico
Round, flat ornament measures 4 inches in diameter. It is painted on both sides.
SKU: REART:RA-3_16
$4.50
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Star of David, tin ornament, red in red, 4-inch
Star of David Ornament by Artesanias Garcia tinsmiths in Oaxaca, Mexico
Flat ornament is painted on both sides and measures 4 inches tall.
SKU: REAER: RA-3_13
$4.50
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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
$6.50
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Angel Cat, painted tin figure, red
Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 6 inches tall
SKU: TN-6_033
$6.50
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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
$7.50
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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
$9.50
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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
$13.95
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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
$14.50
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Tin Mermaid Angel, wall art, 6.5 inch
Tin sculpture, cut, soldered and painted by hand, by Taos Artesanias

6 1/2 inches tall by 7" wide. Each is hand-painted in different colors. Note some variations in the images.
SKU: TN-1_001
$16.50
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Tin Mermaid-Angel, with harp
Tin mermaid with angel wings handcrafted in San Miguel de Allende.
Mermaid comes in a variety of painted colors; each is unique. Measures 7 inches tall by 6" wide.
SKU: TN-1_015
$16.50
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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
$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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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
$18.50
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Mexican Tin Nicho, Empty Frame, hand-painted yellow with red flowers. Customize with your own photo
Yellow Mexican tin nicho frame hangs on wall and holds photos, flowers, mini statues, etc.

Hand-painted nicho measures 8 inches tall by 4 3/4 inches wide. Hinged glass door.
SKU: TN-1_039
$18.50
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Mexican Tin Nicho, Empty Frame, hand-painted, orange heart. Customize with your own family photo
Orange, heart-shaped tin nicho frame can hold photos, flowers, coins, mini statues. Customize with your family photos.

Hand-painted nicho measures 6 1/2 inches in diameter by 1/2 inch deep. Hinged glass door, hangs on a wall.
SKU: TN-1_037
$18.50
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Mexican Tin Nicho, Empty Frame, hand-painted, red heart. Customize with your family photo
Red, heart-shaped tin nicho frame to display photos, flowers, coins, mini statues.

Hand-painted nicho measures 6 1/2 inches in diameter by 1/2 inch deep. Hinged glass door.
SKU: TN-1_038
$18.50
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Tin Mermaid with angel wings, wall art, 9-inch tall
Tinwork by Paulo Cortes Higuera. Wall decor.
Tim mermaid with orange tail measures 9 inches tall.
SKU: TN-1_002
$18.50
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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
$19.95
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