What I ended up with was not so much a melty thing, but textures, and that is alright too. I will probably play a bit more with the icicles to see what other effects I can achieve. Meanwhile, I've tucked these into my texture file. I have been thinking about broken things lately, and have some images of broken glass that I think I can combine with these for some interesting manipulations.
Now off for more coffee, another Golden Girl rerun and some stitching!