The heat tool cuts like butter, I usually avoid things that can burn me because it hurts! I laid my hand right on the hot iron, lucky I have quick reflexes so no major damage, but do we really have to feel pain for our art? I use art to deal with life's pain so I don't need any more. Ouch! I could never be a glass artist because I would spontaneously combust and burn the house down.
I actually witnessed the incident between the grass hopper and tiny hummingbird in my backyard. She had no idea he was twice her size.