Ballance is a subjective thing. I think that a very good crafter and smith should be able to craft high-end things for themselves. Should you skip Tinkering, Smithing and Clockwork Knight you wouldn't benefit from this mod much, aside from cooking. I also actually made some ballanced meltdowns, where very cheap Crude and Rusty items would give you only scraps instead of ingots. I also am not sure what do you mean by this. It can be interpreted in several ways, I gladly listen to any idea, so if you care to explain please do.