You usually have to use several lower-level items to create one higher-level one. It might sometimes seem that some items simply disappear in the crafting process while they are in fact used to create a better item.
Players often notice that when they create books or maces. You can find detailed instructions for crafting them below.
To create Book of Tales we need 1 Flaming Heart and 2 Pastor's Seals.
2 Books of Tales and 1 Recipe for Book of Prophecies can be used to craft Book of Prophecies.
In order to craft Book of Fate, we have to collect the following items: 2 Books of Prophecies (which require 4 Books of Tales and 2 Recipies for Books of Prophecies) and 1 Recipe for Book of Fate.
To create Apostle's Mace we need 2 Giant-Slayers and 1 Siren's Song.
2 Apostle's Maces and 1 Recipe for Angel's Mace can be used to craft Angel's Mace.
In order to craft Archangel's Mace, we have to collect the following items: 2 Angel's Maces (which require 4 Apostle's Maces and 2 Recipes for Angel's Mace) and 1 Recipe for Archangel's Mace.