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antique top hat upcycled lamp

Top hat upcycled vintage style lamp

If you’re looking for something to do with your old household objects speak to Stage Left Lux to see how we can help.

We can transform most household objects into incredible lights for your home, we can upcycle your old unwanted items into bespoke feature lamps, giving them a new useful purpose.


We recently found an old top hat in Antiques in the Quarter local antiques shop on Queen Street Derby, shortly afterwards we were lucky enough to find an old mannequin clothing display bust.

Something unique and special 

We really wanted to do something really special with this old top hat, it has so much history and beautiful wear. We decided that we wanted to use the top hat as a lampshade and the mannequin as a base.

Our signature no-damage techniques to upcycling

Using our signature, no damage techniques we were able to mount the top hat above the mannequin bust creating an eye-catching floating effect which retaining the full integrity of the top hat.  

We initially tried painting the bust – our original aim was to paint it black and white to replicate a tuxedo effect, however we didn’t like the paint finish. To correct this was covered the bust in tissue paper machete, the plan was to use the tissue paper as a nice base to paint on. However, when the tissue paper and glue had dried, we discovered it had created a beautiful marble effect which we loved.

So instead of repainting the bust we decided to give it a coat of lacquer, this made the mannequin bust look like it was carved out of marble stone!

We created a metal frame out of copper pipe and a round base for the top hat to sit on, with the bulb holder mounted underneath. We obtained a large lantern shaped bulb which just happens to be in the shape of a human head. We added a bowtie to give this lamp an extra quirky vintage ‘’gentleman Jack’’ feel.

The finished result was an incredible, large-scale feature light worthy of being on display in an art gallery!

This lamp is currently available to purchase in our shop – see our Mannequin Top Hat lamp here


Stage Left Lux are an independent creative lighting business based in Derbyshire.

To see more of what we do, take a look at our in stock and ready to purchase lamps, in our on-line lighting shop. All of our lamps are handmade by us in our workshop in Derby.

If you are looking for something totally unique, get in touch to see how we can transform your old objects into beautiful feature lights to add some charm and excitement to your home.  

Stage Left Lux can design and build most types of light fittings, include table lamps, wall lights and feature ceiling lighting.

Get in touch! 

If you’re looking for something totally unique to light-up your home, get in touch to discuss your requirements:

Contact Scott on 07743 641 425 email:

antique top hat lamp on bust

Stage Left Lux are based at Banks Mill Studios, situated a few minutes outside of Derby City Centre, in easy reach of the surrounding areas of Derbyshire, Nottingham, Leicester, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. 

Get in touch to book an appointment to visit our workshop to discuss ideas for your bespoke lighting, see how our lamps are made and view a range of our unique feature lamps. 

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