I've been getting interested in raising some tradeskills on some of my toons. I'd like to solicit experience of other players in the best combines to do generally to raise skill levels. What I mean is I've been playing around with trying combines MUCH higher than my existing skill level, while using Draught of the Craftsman, which for two hours guards against loss of components when failing. My experience is somewhat contradictory:
I went from 160 to about 250 in both brewing and baking, working on a recipe with a trivial of over 425. That's two hours together for both. Plenty of skill-ups, sometimes several in a row, and regardless if I failed or not.
But in an hour working on a jewelry combine with a triv of 410 I got literally just ONE skill-up from 253 to 254. Bad news!
Maybe JC levels much slower than brewing or baking?
I think I'm going to use velium bars and rubies next time I burn a Draught, since the Velium Ruby Veil trivial is 282, much closer to my skill level. Hoping that leads to more skillups in the same time span.
I guess the question boils down to this: do other tradeskillers notice you're liable to get more skillups if you work on a combine with a triv only slightly higher than your current skill level? Or does that make no difference except in terms of how often you FAIL?