I know this isn't really an accessory but its not really anything else either

I have a set of broken headphones..: they were slammed in a door and both buds at broken off.
I bought a jack at radio shack that has three spots to weld I'm assuming left right and ground

Ive tried connecting the wires with solder to the jack, but it hasn't worked: is there anything speilcialni have to do to the wires first? Imagine cutting both lines beneathe the buds, so using the original solder points is out of the question.

Thanks in advance

I'll get some pics up later I'd they'll help