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Fridge Magnet Art

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.

Our tin refrigerator magnets are handmade in Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Choose from devotional hearts, birds and fish, mermaids and witches colorful skulls and the beautiful face of Frida Kahlo. Brighten up your kitchen with our colorful fridge magnets!

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 Milagro hearts. 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.

Products

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TIN MAGNET - Angel Figure
Tin angel with magnet, refrigerator art handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 2 1/4 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_04
$2.75
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TIN MAGNET - Ape Skull, black
Tin ape skull refrigerator magnet, handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 3 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_19
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Ape Skull, blue
Tin ape skull refrigerator magnet, handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 3 inches tall, handpainted
SKU: TN-9_20
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Ape Skull, pink
Tin ape skull refrigerator magnet, handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 3 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_21
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Armadillo
Tin armadillo with magnet, refrigerator art handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 3 inches long.
SKU: TN-9_03
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Bulging Heart
Tin heart with magnet, refrigerator art handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico

Heart with magnet on back measures 1 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_27
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Cross with Heart
Tin cross with magnet, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 2 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_33
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Flying Angel
Tin angel refrigerator magnet handmade in Oaxaca
Tin angel measures 3 1/2 inches long
SKU: TN-9_13
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Flying Witch
Flying witch, Mexican tin art refrigerator magnet handcrafted in San Miguel de Allende

Witch measures 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_38
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Frida Kahlo in blue frame
Blue tin frame refrigerator magnet holds image of Frida Kahlo
Measures 2 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_35
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Frida Kahlo in green frame
Frida Kahlo image in green, tin frame, refrigerator magnet
Measures 2 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_36
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Frida Kahlo in orange frame
Frida Kahlo image in orange color, tin frame with magnet on back

Measures 2 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_34
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Hamsa Hand With Hearts
Mexican tin hamsa hand with heart has magnet on the back; fridge art handmade in Oaxaca

Tin hand measures 2 1/2 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_45
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Heart in Diamond Shape
Tin heart in diamond shape with magnet on back, fridge art handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico

Tin figure measures 2 1/2 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_43
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Heart w/Aztec Design
Tin heart with magnet on back, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico

Measures 2 1/2 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_25
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Heart with Divine Light
Tin heart with magnet on back, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico

Measures 2 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_23
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Heart with Golden Wings
Mexican tin heart with magnet on the back; fridge art handmade in Oaxaca

Tin heart measures 2 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_41
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Heart with Red Cross
Tin heart with magnet on back, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico

Measures 2 1/4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_24
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Heart with Wings
Heart with wings, tin art refrigerator magnet, handmade in Oaxaca

Heart measures 3 1/4 inches wide.
SKU: TN-9_42
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Hummingbird
Refrigerator magnet, hummingbird, handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 2 1/4 inches tall, handpainted
SKU: TN-9_08
$2.75
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