At Parkdale Brass, we believe in stellar sessions and, in order to have a good experience, you need to know how to use your gear. If you’ve never used an all-brass accessory before, you may not know where to start. Even if you’re a seasoned brass pro, you may still have some questions.
In our guide to The Brockton, you will find the answers to all of your burning questions about our signature accessory. Here, we explore the nature of the materials and address some of the conversations around brass. This article also covers how to light and enjoy your gear. Finally, we’ll show you how to care for and transport your accessory. So, let’s get started.
All About The Brockton
The Brockton is a unique pure brass product. Harkening back to the style of the 20th century, our accessory evokes a feeling of quality and class. However, its design is also incredibly modern and ideal for those who choose to indulge today. With a functional, yet beautiful design, The Brockton makes delighting in the ritual more fashionable than ever.
What it’s Made Of
As our name will tell you, we love brass. It’s not merely the look and feel of brass that we’re fans of — it’s the durability it offers, too. There’s nothing more disappointing than investing money in what should be a quality accessory to have it eventually crack or shatter. Luckily, with our pure brass accessories, that will never be an issue.
What You Need To Know About Brass
Brass is entirely safe to heat and store. In fact, it’s one of the safest metal options out there. That’s precisely why we use it, because you’ll never have to worry when using our products.
Although when it comes to using brass safely, it’s all about whether or not the brass is plated. Plated brass often has nickel which makes it very toxic. A straightforward way to tell whether brass is plated is if it’s very shiny and lacks any blemishes or marks.
On the other hand, a visual cue that brass is not plated is patina. Chances are you’ve seen patina before without even realizing what it was. Patina, or metal tarnish, occurs when pure brass is exposed to oxygen for a long time turning it a blue-ish green color. If you see a patina on brass that means it is safe and non-toxic.
The Brockton uses pure brass that is never plated and always safe to use. As long as you care for and clean your gear properly, you can avoid patina. However, patina is a sign that this accessory is made of highest quality brass and will safely stand the test of time.
How to Use The Brockton
Upgrading your session is easy with The Brockton. Our accessories incorporate several different features that make enjoying your flower effortless. Below we’ll cover everything you need to know about using it.
Lighting The Brockton
Traditional accessories have an open bowl that you light from the top. Unfortunately, this can lead to several issues. The first is that you can burn yourself and the second is that your goods can blow away if the conditions aren’t right. With The Brockton, you don’t have to worry about these problems. Our pure brass accessory is designed to light from the bottom.
Lighting from the bottom means two important things:
- You won’t burn your fingers while lighting your gear.
- The flower lights more evenly allowing for a full-bodied experience.
If you’re not accustomed to lighting from the bottom, it’s a good idea to tilt The Brockton to one side to guide your light. For those who prefer the traditional lighting method, you can still light up from the top. Simply slide The Brockton’s lid to one side and light.
Delighting in The Brockton
The Brockton’s design is versatile, making it ideal for anyone looking to delight in the ritual. Enjoy a more relaxed session with The Brockton’s comfortable magnetic lid feature. When conditions may be a bit precarious, due to the weather or location, the magnetic lid keeps your stuff in place. Furthermore, if you prefer to indulge at your own pace, setting this accessory down on a flat surface and closing the lid prevents the contents from burning any further. This keeps the goods intact and ensures that you can keep your session going at a later time.
How to Care for Your Accessory
Now that you know all about brass and how to use The Brockton, how can you keep it clean? Here are some pointers on how to keep your accessory in excellent condition.
Cleaning The Brockton
- First of all, you’ll need to remove anything still inside by tilting the accessory upside and allowing what’s inside to fall out.
- After that, you can use a chenille stem to remove any of the more stubborn material stuck inside.
- No doubt there will still be some grime stuck inside the accessory. So, you’ll need to soak it in 90% isopropyl alcohol for a few hours to break down any leftover gunk.
- With the stubborn materials gone, you can focus on shining your brass. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can shine brass with. Some of our favourites are lemon juice, ketchup, and a mixture of vinegar, salt, and flour. Apply your cleaner of choice to a soft cloth and gently rub it over the tarnished brass.
- Rinse with water and then buff your accessory until dry.
Depending on how often you use your gear, you may want to repeat this process once every few months or even twice a year.
Time to Enjoy
We believe that your ritual shouldn’t be rushed. When the demands of modern life seem to be too much, it’s vital to have some time to yourself to decompress and enjoy the smaller moments. Our accessories are classic and uncomplicated so that you can savour your next session without any hangups. Kick off your shoes, disconnect from the world, and delight in the ritual with The Brockton.