The Sacred Heart is one of the most popular common ornaments in Mexican folk art. The Milagros hearts are very popular in Mexico and they are all one of a kind. The hearts are carved from wood topped by a red-orange flame that symbolizes the Sacred Heart.
The hearts are covered in Milagros, which mean “miracles”. These small charms are commonly used to thank or request spiritual help for a specific problem. The Milagros are made of pot metal (a blend of lots of inexpensive metals) and then placed in a mold to shape them into the Milagros.
The artisan who crafts the hearts is Alejandro, and he has learned this skill from his family. He now works with her partner, Jazmin, to carved and design different models.