Maybe you've come here from the Youtube video on making this platter. If so, thanks for clicking through! As I said in the video, I wasn't very pleased with the transition from the inner rim to the bowl - the uneven depth of the cuts was one reason; the change from coloured to plain wood was also a bit of bugbear.
So...it was time to try out a few ideas. This is why I like to leave the turning recess on my platter bottoms, so that I can easily put them back on the lathe and change things! An angled inner edge was put on the rim which helped to soften the transition, but it still wasn't right. So out came the rotary tool and ball cutter again. Then stains....I think the red looks best as it gives a lift to the whole platter, but the black helps to disguise the uneven depths of the red slots. I've left the platter to consider the final idea - at the moment, I'm considering texturing just along the outer edge of the inner rim which will be coloured black, then blending into a smooth area which will be bright red to add some lift to the effect. When I'll get this done is a different story!