Make sure you are picking up the correct end of the glass rod BEFORE you touch it. Touching the hot end is Bad. Your fingertips will thank you for considering them. At the moment three of mine are whimpering a bit because I didn’t pay attention. Ouch.
Note number 2: It might be smart to uncap the bottle of lavender oil BEFORE you turn on the torch so that you can get it onto the scorched fingertips (and other spots) ASAP.
Owie. But I bet there are some purdy beadies in the kiln!