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Tin Animal 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.

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In this section of our Mexican tin art collection we offer flat animal ornaments (except for birds), from several of Oaxaca’s acclaimed tinsmiths. They tool these figures by hand, four flat pieces of tin at at time. They are not stamped out with a machine. The artists paint the tin in durable and shiny lacquer, enamel and sometimes automobile paints to give then a gleaming, enduring finish.

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 fridge magnets. 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.

Showing 1–28 of 34 results

  • Coyote, painted tin ornament

    Coyote, painted tin ornament

    Tin coyote is handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 4 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_002
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Rabbit, punched tin ornament

    Rabbit, punched tin ornament

    Tin rabbit is handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 4 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_003
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Armadillo, Mexican tin ornament

    Armadillo, Mexican tin ornament

    Armadillo flat tin ornament is painted on both sides, handcrafted in Oaxaca.


    Armadillo measures 4 1/2 inches long.

    SKU: TN-3_004
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Angel Cat, painted tin figure, yellow

    Angel Cat, painted tin figure, yellow

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 6 inches tall

    SKU: TN-6_032
    $5.95
    Qty
  • Lion, painted tin ornament

    Lion, painted tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 4 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_007
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Monkey, tin ornament

    Monkey, tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 5 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_008
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Reindeer, Mexican tin ornament

    Reindeer, Mexican tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca


    Tin deer figure measures 4 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_009
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Bull, painted tin, flat ornament

    Bull, painted tin, flat ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Red bull measures 4 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_010
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Snail, Mexican tin ornament

    Snail, Mexican tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca


    Snail measures 3.5 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_011
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Red Snail Tin Ornament

    Red Snail, Mexican Tin Ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Measures 4-inches long an 3-inches tall.

    SKU: TN-3_040
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Rabbit with Wings, tin figure

    Rabbit with Wings, tin figure

    Mexican punched tin ornament, with 3D curved wings is handmade in Oaxaca, painted on front side only.

    Rabbit measures 4 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_013
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Iguana, painted tin ornament

    Iguana, painted tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Iguana measures 4 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_014
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Burro, painted tin ornament, blue

    Burro, painted tin ornament, blue

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Burro measures 4.5 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_015
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Butterfly, tin ornament

    Butterfly, tin ornament

    Butterfly punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Butterfly measures 4 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_017
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Cat, yellow, Mexican tin ornament

    Cat, yellow, Mexican tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Cat measures 4 1/2 inches tall, is painted on both sides.

    SKU: TN-3_018
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Sale! Frog Sitting, tin ornament

    Frog Sitting, tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Frog measures 3.5 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_020
    $2.50
    Qty
  • Pony (yellow), Mexican tin ornament

    Pony (yellow), Mexican tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Yellow pony measures 4 inches long.

     

    SKU: TN-3_021
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Seahorse, Mexican tin ornament

    Seahorse, Mexican tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 5 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_022
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Coyote, pure copper, flat ornament

    Coyote, pure copper, flat ornament

    Mexican copper ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Measures 4 inches long by 4 inches tall.

    SKU: TN-3_024
    $7.95
    Qty
  • Fish, Marlin, tin ornament

    Fish, Marlin, tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 5 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_025
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Whale, blue, tin ornament

    Whale, blue, tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Tin whale figure measures 5 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_026
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Dog (yellow), tin ornament

    Dog (yellow), tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 5 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_031
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Sale! Cat with Angel Wings, tin ornament

    Cat with Angel Wings, tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Cat is 4 inches long and painted on both sides.

    SKU: TN-3_030
    $2.25
    Qty
  • Elephant, painted tin ornament

    Elephant, painted tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Measures 4 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_032
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Grasshopper, flat, Mexican painted tin art

    Grasshopper, flat, Mexican painted tin art

    Grasshopper tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Tin grasshopper wall art measures 4 3/4 inches long.

     

    SKU: TN-3_016
    $4.50
    Qty
  • Tropical Fish, tin ornament, 4-inch

    Tropical fish flat tin ornament handmade in Oaxaca

    Colorful tin fish measures 4 inches long.

    SKU: TN-3_012
    $4.25
    Qty
  • House Fly, painted tin figure

    House Fly, painted tin figure

    Fly tin figure handmade in Oaxaca


    SIZE: 6 1/2 inches wide

    SKU: TN-3_019
    $4.50
    Qty
  • Cat, blue, Mexican tin ornament

    Cat, blue, Mexican tin ornament

    Tin cat ornament handmade in Oaxaca by Angel Valdez family


    Little cat measures 4 inches long. Painted both sides.

    SKU: TN-3_035
    $3.75
    Qty

Tin Animal 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.

tin art
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In this section of our Mexican tin art collection we offer flat animal ornaments (except for birds), from several of Oaxaca’s acclaimed tinsmiths. They tool these figures by hand, four flat pieces of tin at at time. They are not stamped out with a machine. The artists paint the tin in durable and shiny lacquer, enamel and sometimes automobile paints to give then a gleaming, enduring finish.

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 fridge magnets. 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.

Showing 1–28 of 34 results

  • Coyote, painted tin ornament

    Coyote, painted tin ornament

    Tin coyote is handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 4 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_002
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Rabbit, punched tin ornament

    Rabbit, punched tin ornament

    Tin rabbit is handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 4 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_003
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Armadillo, Mexican tin ornament

    Armadillo, Mexican tin ornament

    Armadillo flat tin ornament is painted on both sides, handcrafted in Oaxaca.


    Armadillo measures 4 1/2 inches long.

    SKU: TN-3_004
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Angel Cat, painted tin figure, yellow

    Angel Cat, painted tin figure, yellow

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 6 inches tall

    SKU: TN-6_032
    $5.95
    Qty
  • Lion, painted tin ornament

    Lion, painted tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 4 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_007
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Monkey, tin ornament

    Monkey, tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 5 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_008
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Reindeer, Mexican tin ornament

    Reindeer, Mexican tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca


    Tin deer figure measures 4 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_009
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Bull, painted tin, flat ornament

    Bull, painted tin, flat ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Red bull measures 4 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_010
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Snail, Mexican tin ornament

    Snail, Mexican tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca


    Snail measures 3.5 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_011
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Red Snail Tin Ornament

    Red Snail, Mexican Tin Ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Measures 4-inches long an 3-inches tall.

    SKU: TN-3_040
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Rabbit with Wings, tin figure

    Rabbit with Wings, tin figure

    Mexican punched tin ornament, with 3D curved wings is handmade in Oaxaca, painted on front side only.

    Rabbit measures 4 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_013
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Iguana, painted tin ornament

    Iguana, painted tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Iguana measures 4 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_014
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Burro, painted tin ornament, blue

    Burro, painted tin ornament, blue

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Burro measures 4.5 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_015
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Butterfly, tin ornament

    Butterfly, tin ornament

    Butterfly punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Butterfly measures 4 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_017
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Cat, yellow, Mexican tin ornament

    Cat, yellow, Mexican tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Cat measures 4 1/2 inches tall, is painted on both sides.

    SKU: TN-3_018
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Sale! Frog Sitting, tin ornament

    Frog Sitting, tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Frog measures 3.5 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_020
    $2.50
    Qty
  • Pony (yellow), Mexican tin ornament

    Pony (yellow), Mexican tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Yellow pony measures 4 inches long.

     

    SKU: TN-3_021
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Seahorse, Mexican tin ornament

    Seahorse, Mexican tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 5 inches tall

    SKU: TN-3_022
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Coyote, pure copper, flat ornament

    Coyote, pure copper, flat ornament

    Mexican copper ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Measures 4 inches long by 4 inches tall.

    SKU: TN-3_024
    $7.95
    Qty
  • Fish, Marlin, tin ornament

    Fish, Marlin, tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 5 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_025
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Whale, blue, tin ornament

    Whale, blue, tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Tin whale figure measures 5 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_026
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Dog (yellow), tin ornament

    Dog (yellow), tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    SIZE: 5 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_031
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Sale! Cat with Angel Wings, tin ornament

    Cat with Angel Wings, tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Cat is 4 inches long and painted on both sides.

    SKU: TN-3_030
    $2.25
    Qty
  • Elephant, painted tin ornament

    Elephant, painted tin ornament

    Mexican punched tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Measures 4 inches long

    SKU: TN-3_032
    $4.25
    Qty
  • Grasshopper, flat, Mexican painted tin art

    Grasshopper, flat, Mexican painted tin art

    Grasshopper tin ornament, handmade in Oaxaca

    Tin grasshopper wall art measures 4 3/4 inches long.

     

    SKU: TN-3_016
    $4.50
    Qty
  • Tropical Fish, tin ornament, 4-inch

    Tropical fish flat tin ornament handmade in Oaxaca

    Colorful tin fish measures 4 inches long.

    SKU: TN-3_012
    $4.25
    Qty
  • House Fly, painted tin figure

    House Fly, painted tin figure

    Fly tin figure handmade in Oaxaca


    SIZE: 6 1/2 inches wide

    SKU: TN-3_019
    $4.50
    Qty
  • Cat, blue, Mexican tin ornament

    Cat, blue, Mexican tin ornament

    Tin cat ornament handmade in Oaxaca by Angel Valdez family


    Little cat measures 4 inches long. Painted both sides.

    SKU: TN-3_035
    $3.75
    Qty
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