Radio Shack sells both thin and thick gold plated spades ($5 for 8) and 3% silver solder ($4/1.5oz.; part no.64-013). I assume thick is better for carrying current. Live it up. Amaze your friends! Good luck.
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Hi Elizabeth: When looking for spades, make sure that they have a very robust crimping area. You should not even need to soldier. If you do use soldier it should be to add physical strength, not to carry the signal. Soldier is a very medicore conductor. AudioQuest uses a pulse welder when terminating. This method is far superior, as the huge pulse of current causes the metal atoms to commingle with the metal in the termination. Strong physical crimmping is a close second to pulse welding. That screw lock down system mentioned above sounds like it might make a good connection. Good luck! Mitch