Experimental studies have been performed on elastomeric layered composites to characterize the nonlinearity in dynamic stiffness and specific damping energy, so that their performance can be enhanced as isolators. The present study is divided into two parts: (a) analytical modeling of isolator samples, and (b) formulation for glue characteristics. Several samples of layered arrangement of elastomer and metal strips were used in the experiments. Dynamic and static loading experiments were performed. All these experimental results were used in developing nonlinear empirical models for the elastomer characteristics. Furthermore creep-fatigue test was performed to explain certain observed behavior in the elastomer characteristics. Concluding part of the paper discusses empirical formulation of the layered sample considering elastomer and adhesive layers as basic elements, thus evolving a method to calculate adhesive properties. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.