The Process of Preparing to Craft with Special Raw Materials.
1. Decide on our item we want to craft.
In this case we want to craft an Agile Breastplate.
Special Materials are just different materials from the normal material of an item. In some cases these materials provide benefits or penalties.
Special Raw Materials may be the same material as the normal material of an item, these are just raw materials designed to provide different benefits to crafting the item.
- Easily Worked Raw Materials allow you to Craft faster.
- Flawless Raw Materials allow you to Craft Masterwork items without an increase in the DC of the craft check.
- Malleable Raw Materials make it so you don't waste raw material if you fail your craft check.
- Pure Raw Materials let you roll twice on your craft checks, making you more likely to succeed.
They are not designed to be as cheap as crafting the material normally, instead they are designed to keep you from failing or increasing your crafting speed.
In this scenario we are choosing to craft our Agile Breastplate from Easily Worked Adamantine.
3. Purchase Raw Materials for Crafting.
If we are not using Special Raw Materials, this is normally 1/3rd the item cost, or 1/4th if we use the Unchained Crafting Rules.
If crafting from a Special Raw Material, we need to determine the item's final weight. Looking at Agile Breastplate , it normally weighs 25 Pounds, this means that we need to purchase 25 Pounds of Easily Worked Adamantine for crafting the Agile Breastplate.
If we consult the rules for Special Raw Materials we see:
Unlike normal raw materials, special raw materials have both a cost and a crafting cost. The cost of the special raw material is the amount for which it can be purchased and sold. Special raw materials are trade goods, and like all trade goods, they can be bought and sold for the same price. The crafting cost is the amount of gold they are considered to be worth for the purposes of crafting. For example, flawless steel’s cost is 8 gp per pound, but its crafting cost per pound is 4 gp. It can be bought and sold for 8 gp per pound, but when used as the raw material for crafting items, it is considered to be worth only 4 gp per pound.
We are not using it as a trade good, instead we are using it for the purposes of crafting, so we use the Crafting Cost of the Material, or 300gp/pound in this case. This comes out to a cost 7,500 gp.
Normally purchasing an Adamantine Agile Breastplate adds a cost of 10,000 gp for the item, this means it would cost of 3,333 gp 3 sp 3 cp to craft normally (2,500 with Unchained Crafting). However, with Easily Worked Adamantine, you also craft the Armor at double speed, allowing it to be worn and enchanted faster. Mostly though, it is better to craft items without Special Raw Materials than it is to use Special Raw Materials unless you are worried about failing your craft check or are strapped for time.
4. You are now ready to Craft the item.
Just don't fail your skill checks.