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Thanks, Ben. Cup burs are used in the jewelry making industry. Larger sizes are now available for woodworkers. They have 3/32" or 1/8" shafts and are used in rotary tools (micro-motor or flex-shaft - Lots of smoke!). I've purchased them in the past from Rio Grande and Otto Frei (jewelry suppliers), but more recently from MDI Woodcarvers Supply (see link).
Yes, masking tape to free-form the center band for painting, and then again over the painted center band to paint over the stippling and rim area. 3M vinyl tape (narrow widths ¼"+) works well for curves (but pricey) and cheaper stuff for just covering larger areas.