Along with refinement stones, continue to collect every gatherable item
you come across (Angelica, Iron, Water Silk, etc) to keep your
gathering skill up. The higher your skill, the easier and faster you'll
be able to gather items. The crafting merchants sell everything you
need to make whatever your trainer requests in a work order, but for
actual usable equipment, you're going to have to gather everything
yourself or buy it from other players.
I can't recommend strongly enough that you collect everything yourself.
Crafting materials go for some pretty crazy prices early in the game
and it only continues to get worse from there. If you keep your gather
skill up, it only takes a few seconds to gather everything available
from any particular node you come across. What's better than saving
time and money?
Putting It All Together
You've suffered through reading everything you can about crafting.
You've taken the time to hunt the wilds for materials. You've fought
off hoards of brain eating monsters (because *all* monsters want to eat
your brain) to collect an assortment of refinement stones. You've
scoured the skies for far and wide for
aether crystals, extracting all the aether you could. Now it's finally
time to put it all together and create yourself a kick-ass set of
equipment for all to gawk and wonder at. So what do you do?
First, you'll need to make sure you not only have the necessary
equipment recipes from the crafting merchant of your choice (found near
your crafting trainer), but also some material recipes. To use Sewing
as an example again, to make anything from the first crafting tier,
you'll need waterthread silk sewing thread and bolts of waterthread
cloth. Unless you happen to have received those recipes as a
reward for a work order (which I did not), you'll need to purchase
them. Fortunately, they're very cheap. Considering the fact that you've
already spent an ungodly amount of cash already, a few hundred kinah is
nothing but a pittance at this point.
After the hell you went through breaking the bank, hunting until your
fingers were raw, and searching the skies for aether until your eyes
bled, the act of actually crafting itself is anticlimactic at best.
Once you have everything you need, go over to the crating station of
your choice (a loom for Sewing), click the recipe for the item you want
to make, determine how many you wish to create, and hit the craft
button. Either the Pass bar will fill up first, or the Fail bar will.
Unfortunately, there's nothing you can do to determine the outcome one
way or another, so the best advice I can give you during this process
is to simply cross your fingers and hope.
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