Seven years ago, Shawn Thorsson saw Iron Man and it changed everything.

“For me the real star was the suit,” he says. “As soon as it showed up on screen, I figured I had to have one. By the time I was done, I had a pretty good facsimile of the screen-used suit.”

From then on out, Thorsson just wanted to make costumes. He’s done Iron Man. He’s done Star Wars characters. He’s even done RoboCop and Warhammer 40,000. It takes Thorsson a while to decide on his projects, and just as long—if not longer—to execute them, but when he does he doesn’t stop until they’re perfect.

“It’s really difficult for me to decide exactly on a process for determining what’s worth making and what’s not worth making,” Thorsoon says. “The way I usually do it is I’ll see something that I really like, whether it’s from a videogame or a movie or a TV show, and I’ll make it a point to ignore the initial impulse to jump right in and start building something right away. If six or seven months pass and I still am in love enough with the thing to make it happen, then there’s a pretty good chance that I like it enough to see a project all the way through from start to finish.”

Find out how he makes his wonderful costumes in the video above.

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