Tinplate work has been present in Mexican history since the middle of the 18th century and began as a more affordable craft that imitated works made of chiseled silver. 

The tinsmiths conserved tin cans, pieces of wallpaper and mirrors with which they created meticulous frames for religious images; the humblest Catholic orders used elements of this material in altars and during their processions. Later, its production was extended to toys and everyday objects. 

There are tinplate workshops all over the country, mainly in Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende.

The process of creating tinplate begins by marking the mold on the sheet, then it is cut, molded, decorated with punches to create high or low reliefs, finally it is welded and painted. Previously it was decorated with anilines and lacquers, now some artisans are beginning to use automotive and acrylic paint.