Carving a ball in a cage seems like an impossible task when you look at one. However, it is more simple than it looks: a single block of carving material carved in a way that leaves two or more objects intertwined.
An Artists Intuition
I did not look up directions on how to do this but instead used my carvers intuition and carved away at the block of antler. The result was a slight misshaped ball and a squished cage.
For my second attempt I carved a cube within a 3D rectangle cage. This was also slightly wonky. As was the third attempt I did in wood.
Carving a Ball in a Cage More Often
With my fourth try I dedicated myself to constantly checking the dimensions of the cage and the ball and correcting discrepancies as I went along. I find this carving so much more pleasing than the previous three. I do plan on making more. With my next I will fill you all in on the process.