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Fridge Magnet Art

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.

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.

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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
$2.75
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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
$2.95
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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
$2.75
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TIN MAGNET - Flying Witch
Tin witch, refrigerator magnet art handmade in Mexico
Measures 4 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_38
$4.95
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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
$3.95
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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
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Frida Kahlo in orange frame
Frida Kahlo image in orange color, tin frame
Measures 2 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_34
$3.95
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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
$2.95
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TIN MAGNET - Heart with Divine Light
Tin heart with magnet, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 2 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_23
$2.95
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TIN MAGNET - Heart with Red Cross
Tin heart with magnet, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico
Measures 2 1/4 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_24
$2.95
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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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TIN MAGNET - Mermaid, black hair
Refrigerator magnet, mermaid handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 3 inches tall. Handpainted
SKU: TN-9_09
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Mermaid, red hair
Refrigerator magnet, mermaid, handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 3 inches tall, handpainted
SKU: TN-9_10
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Mermaid, thin, black hair
Refrigerator magnet, mermaid handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 3 inches tall. Handpainted
SKU: TN-9_11
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Mermaid, thin, blond hair
Tin Mermaid refrigerator magnet, handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 3 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_12
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Owl
Tin owl magnet refrigerator art handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 2 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_01
$2.75
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