Best thing to do is have an alchemy mule. Send your smithed items over to it and have the mule break them down and transfer the crystals back. This way, if you're just making items for the sake of making items, they won't go to waste since you can break them down into crystals and make more items.
Also if you get some potential stuff, you can fuse it too. :O
Eve - because she's most like a woman. You don't see her at all the entire day until you spend 400 gold on her. - stonewall_hero