Regional: New Castle prop-maker specializes in masks |

Regional: New Castle prop-maker specializes in masks

Daman Martinez makes "predator" masks in the lower level of his Castle Valley Ranch home, which he shares with wife, Joanna Bruggeman and 19-month-old son, Dax.
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NEW CASTLE — Since he was young, Daman Martinez of New Castle has always loved Halloween. And as he got older, he found that his costumes got more and more elaborate.

But then he moved from making costumes to making masks and now has a whole room downstairs in his home devoted to creating what he calls “predator’ masks.

Martinez has been molding, casting and sculpting masks since 2008.

“They take about 20 hours to make, depending how big it is,” Martinez said. “You have to sculpt it, mold it, cast it and then paint.”

Martinez, who has worked as an x-ray technician at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs for the past 13 years, says he is part of a whole community of prop-makers from all over the world who sell their masks online to people who collect them.

Most of the time, the masks are sold unpainted and run from $125 for a raw mask to $225 for one that is painted.

“People wear them as part of costumes, for Halloween or they just collect them,” Martinez said.

The room is lined with all kinds of masks and a giant masked costume stands in the middle of the room. The form is propped up by a back pack and the mask sits on a bike helmet.

Not only does Martinez make masks, he also decorates his home for Halloween and gets into costume himself.

“The kids know that we’ll do elaborate costumes and that we decorate the outside of the house,” Martinez. “I don’t do the masks because of the selling aspect of it, I do it because it’s fun.”

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