dont use bare copper wire, it oxidizes, itll turn into a resistor eventually. use wire wrapping wire, the stuff i got is some mix of copper and some other coating, itll never oxidize, it's made to be exposed. i soldered bits of it to each pin on a smaller chip with the same pin spacing, then put the wires through a bit of perf board with enough space to not short anywhere. it works perfect.
if you want a pic, let me know, you can all see my crappy job of soldering this one.