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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 - 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 - Mermaid, wide, 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, wide, 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 - Owl
Tin owl magnet refrigerator art handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 2 1/2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_01
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Sacred Heart with Flame #2
Sacred heart tin magnet, refrigerator art handmade in Oaxaca

Measures 2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_28
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Sacred Heart with Flame, #1
Tin heart with magnet on back, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico

Measures 2 1/2 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_26
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Sacred Heart with Flame, #3
Tin heart with magnet on backside, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico

Measures 2 1/4 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_30
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Sacred Heart with Flame, #4
Tin heart with magnet on back is handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico

.Measures 2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_31
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Sacred Heart with Flame, #5
Sacred Heart refrigerator magnet is handmade in Oaxaca

Measures 2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_32
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Sacred Heart with Green Rays
Mexican tin heart with magnet on the back; fridge art handmade in Oaxaca

Tin heart measures 1 3/4 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_44
$3.50
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TIN MAGNET - Santa Face
Santa Claus face, refrigerator magnet handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 2 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_05
$2.75
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TIN MAGNET - Skeleton Man
Tin skeleton man refrigerator magnets handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 2 1/2 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_07
$2.75
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TIN MAGNET - Skeleton Woman
Tin skeleton woman fridge magnet, handmade in Oaxaca
Measures 3 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_06
$2.75
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TIN MAGNET - Skull, black
Tin skull magnet art color black handmade in Mexico
Measures 3 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_15
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Skull, blue
Tin skull refrigerator magnet, handmade in San Miguel de Allende

Measures 3 inches tall
SKU: TN-9_17
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Skull, brick red
Tin skull refrigerator magnet, handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 3 inches tall
SKU: tn-9_18
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Skull, white
Tin skull refrigerator magnet, handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 3 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_14
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Skull, yellow
Tin skull refrigerator magnet, handmade in San Miguel de Allende
Measures 3 inches tall.
SKU: TN-9_16
$3.95
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TIN MAGNET - Smiling Red Sun Face
Red-faced, tin sun ornament with magnet on back.

Sun magnet measures 2 1/4 inches in diameter.
SKU: TN-9_46
$3.50
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