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Stars & Small Mirrors

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.

In this section of our Mexican tin art collection, we offer 3-dimensional (not flat) stars of many colors and small, mirrored ornaments you can hang on a Christmas tree or on or brighten up your wreath on the door. Note that you can remove the mirrors and replace them with a small photo in the tin frame. Instead of looking in at yourself, you could be looking at a picture of your child or pet.

Please take the time to browse our other tin products, including tin animal figures, Christmas designs, Day of the Dead skeleton figures, nicho frames and tin refrigerator magnets. Follow links on the drop-down menu under the headline "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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Church with Mirror Ornament
Mexican tin ornament hangs on wall. Handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 3/4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-7_015
$4.95
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Heart with Mirror wall plaque
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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Multicolor Round Tin Frame with mirror
Mexican tin frame with mirror ornament, handmade in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia
Measures 4 inches in diameter. Hangs on tree or wall. Mirror can be replaced with photo.
SKU: TN-7_012
$4.50
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Pink Flower with Mirror Ornament
Handmade in Oaxaca by Aquino Family tinsmiths
Measures 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Hangs on a wall or tree.
SKU: TN-7_019
$3.95
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Round frame with flowers, Mirror Ornament
Flat, Mexican tin frame with mirror, handmade in Oaxaca
SIZE: 4 inch diameter. Hangs on tree or wall. Mirror can be replaced with photo.
SKU: TN-7_018
$3.95
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Round, Candy Color Frame with Mirror, 4-inch
Tin mirror ornament handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 4 inches in diameter. Hangs on wall. Mirror glass can be replaced with photo.
SKU: TN-7_013
$3.95
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Star Ornament with Mirrors, 5.5-inch w/12 points
Mexican tin star ornament, cut, embossed and painted by hand in Oaxaca.
SIZE: 5.5 inches wide.
SKU: TN-7_001
$7.25
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Star Ornament, blue, 3.5-inch with 10 points
Tin star ornament handmade in Oaxaca by Tomás Santiago
SIZE: 3.5-inch diameter, with 10 star points.
SKU: TN-7_008
$4.95
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Star Ornament, Gold, 3.5 inch with 10 points
Gold color tin star handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Star measures 3.5 inches across, with 10 points.
SKU: TN-7_021
$4.95
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Star Ornament, Multicolor, 5-inch with 12 points
Mexican tin star handmade in Oaxaca.
Measures 5 inch diameter.
SKU: TN-7_017
$7.50
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Star Ornament, multicolor, 6 inch with 16 points
Handmade in Oaxaca by Tomás Santiago
SIZE: 6 inches wide.
SKU: TN-7_002
$9.50
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Star Ornament, painted multicolor, 3-inch
Mexican tin star handmade in Oaxaca by Tomás Santiago
Measures 3 inches wide
SKU: TN-7_016
$4.95
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Star Ornament, pink 4-inch with 10 star points
Mexican tin star ornament, handmade in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia
Measures 4 inches wide.
SKU: TN-7_003
$4.95
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Star Ornament, red, 3.5-inch with 10 star points
Mexican tin star ornament, handmade by Tomás Santiago
SIZE: 3 1/2 inches wide, with 10 star points
SKU: TN-7_014
$4.95
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Star Ornament, red, 6-inch with 16 points
Mexican tin star ornament, handmade in Oaxaca by Tomas Santiago
SIZE: 6 inches wide.
SKU: TN-7_007
$3.75
Original price: $7.25
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Star Ornament, unpainted, 4-inch with 10 star points
Tin star ornament handmade in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia
SIZE: 4-inch diameter with 10 star points
SKU: TN-7_009
$4.95
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Star Ornament, Unpainted, 6-inch with 16 points
Tin star ornament, handmade in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia
SIZE: 6-inch diameter, 16 star points. Natural color tin, sprayed with gloss protectant.
SKU: TN-7_005
$7.25
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Star Ornament, yellow, 3.5-inch with 10 points
Yellow tin star ornament, handmade in Oaxaca by Tomas Santiago
SIZE: 3.5 inch diameter with 10 star points
SKU: TN-7_010
$4.95
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Star Tin Ornament, yellow, 6-inch with 16 points
Handmade in Oaxaca by Artesanias Garcia
SIZE: 6 inches wide with 16 star points
SKU: TN-7_006
$7.25
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Star with Mirror Ornament, red wreath
Handmade in Oaxaca by Tomás Santiago
SIZE: 5 inches diameter. Hangs on wall. Mirror can be replaced by photo
SKU: TN-7_020
$4.50
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