I fully admit I haven't played much with the crafting system. It came out during finals/graduation/in laws in town and when I finally got back in game I was told it really wasn't worth it for what was out at the time.
Is there a good way to get crafting xp? I've just been breaking down my **** loot then making some bound shards (I usually try things I have around a 75% or greater chance at), then breaking those down and repeating. I seem to run out of the lesser essences real quick but still have lots of greaters and I don't seem to get much xp. I'm hoping I'm just not being efficient rather than it really being that much of a grind.