I'm a little flummoxed at how much it apparently takes to max out crafting. I'm sitting around levels 40-50 on my main, who's broken down basically every item I've ever got that I havent put on the AH, and I've been hovering around those levels for a long time now.

Is there something I'm not getting? How do I ever acquire enough essences to grind myself up to 80-90s where I can start producing items for alts/sale/etc?