First off, I want to apologize. I should have taken a before picture. I am constantly taking pictures and for the life of me, I can't believe I forgot to take a before picture. Anyway. . .here's the after photo:
The before photo "would have" revealed a hideous picture frame with an old ugly oil painting in it. The frame was really dirty and had that gold gilded finish. After I cleaned it up, I spray painted the frame and then washed over it with a very diluted brown tempera paint so the carved wood could be highlighted and it's beauty revealed. The frame is big. . .35"x29". I have been keeping an eye out for a large ornate frame especially for this project. I used a staple gun to attach the chicken wire and it was not an easy task. It was hard to get it to lay flat. In fact, I didn't get the chicken wire to lay perfectly flat, but I just kept pulling hard on the wire as I stapled away, first on opposite ends, and then on the sides. Trust me, if you plan to do this for yourself, and you're using a large frame, that is how you need to do it. I did it wrong the first time and had to start all over. I backed all the photos with cereal box cardboard to prevent curling over time. I then attached them to the chicken wire with a few dots of hot glue. The little clothes pins are just for looks. They aren't really the main mode of securing the photos.
So there we have it. How fitting to have a chicken collage with a chicken wire backing! See? . . . .chicken wire isn't just for chickens!